Homework Without Tears A parent’s guide to successfully helping your child complete their homework stress-free! Consistency is a KEY! Just as your child is comfortable and knows where/when work will be completed at school, you need to create the same environment at home. Establish a place where your child will always complete homework. All homework materials should be kept at this location. Establish a time when your child will always complete their homework. Allow your child Choices! Give your child choices to allow the child to take ownership of the homework. Let the child choose the place and time homework will be completed each day. Review all your child’s assignments with them and let them make their own schedule as to the order the assignments will be completed. Allow your child to take one five minute break at their own discretion during homework sessions. Motivation/Incentives Developing Incentive Systems: Decide the problem behaviors Forgetting materials for homework? Not writing down assignments? Rushing while completing work? Complaining during the homework routine? Set goals Create a homework contract with your child The contract should include the rewards/penalties for homework procedures. Monitor Progress and Follow Through with rewards/penalties Stay consistent and keep track of the behaviors using a device such as a sticker chart. Use TECHNOLOGY for help! GRADES K-5 For mathematics, we use the Everyday Mathematics Series. For ILA, we use the Harcourt Storytown Series. Both series have many sites to reinforce various concepts. On the next page, view some websites to help your child at home. Math Online~ Go to www.barnegatschools.com Choose the curriculum tab; click on curriculum programs On the left side of the site, you will choose Mathematics, then choose Elementary Math There are MANY sites to play games and instill the topics that are needed per grade level. Please view the everyday mathematics sites Also, be sure to review the Family letters that contain an overview of what your child is learning per unit and tips/answer keys for the homework links It is vital that your child knows his or her facts. The fact calendars per grade level focus on these skills. ILA Online~ Go to www.barnegatschools.com Choose the curriculum tab; click on curriculum programs On the left side of the screen, choose Integrated Language Arts Here, you will find various sites that will enhance your child’s reading and writing. Be sure to check out the 6+1 Writing Traits so you can relate to the 21st century “lingo” your child is discussing. ~Study Island~ Study Island is a way for your child to learn, practice, and test many skills in Math, Reading, and Writing. This is a site to improve testing abilities and scores. Goto www.studyisland.com Log in: Username: [email protected] Password: JTDS *please do not change* Be sure your child completes lessons and reviews processes before completing the test Your child can review these skills in test mode or through games! MIDDLE AND HIGHSCHOOL MATH AND LANGUAGE ARTS barnegatschools.com CLICK ON CURRICULUM CLICK ON CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION NJ ASK / HSPA www.barnegatschool.com Click on curriculum Curriculum and instruction Scroll to bottom of page Find your site NJ ASK, HSPA ETC… NJ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HTTP://education.state.nj.us/ In the search box type: homework assistance Scroll down to NJPEP: virtual academy Sites: Lumastestprep.com; homeworkspot.com Jiska.com; askkids.com NJ DEPT OF EDUCATION http//education.state.nj.us/ Under: nj professional education port Click on homework helper Elementary,MS and HS help All topics, many subjects OCEAN COUTY LIBRARY theoceancountylibrary.org Click on kids and teens Dropdown menu to; just for kids Click on homework help Many other options as well Itunes store Google itunes set up account Click on app store Click on Homework help in Search apps for what you need FREE APPS! BE CAREFUL! Not all apps in the store are free Here are a few we found that are: Easel algerbra Tutor.com Physics101 Combining like terms Podcasts PLEASE SCREEN ALL SITES Open podcasts after you entered your search; homework help, or by subject Browse the results Varied materials on all subjects PLEASE SCREE ALL SITES!!! Open-Communication Talk to your child daily about their homework and their strengths/weaknesses in the lesson. Know what your child’s needs are and be sure the child and teacher are well aware of them. Always alert your child’s teacher if your child shows stress or confusion over a topic. Never make your child show aggression over a topic in which he or she cannot successfully complete. More instruction/reinforcement may be needed.