Suggestions for Parents

  1. Read to your child in your native language, as well as in English, if you are comfortable.
  2. Allow your child to read to you in both English and his/her native language.
  3. Ask child to retell events that happened during the day in both English and his/her native language.
  4. Allow your child to join extracurricular activities (events at school, sports, music, etc.) This will give him/her greater opportunities to use English in social settings with peers.

Helping with Homework

Here are some hints from the U.S. Department of Education

Make sure your child has

  • A quiet place to work with good light.
  • A regular time each day for doing homework.
  • Basic supplies, such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, and ruler.
  • Aids to good organization, such as an assignment calendar, book bag, and folders.

Questions to ask your child

  • What’s your assignment today?
  • Is the assignment clear? Do you understand what to do?
  • Do you need special resources (e.g. , a dictionary, computer, a trip to the library)?
  • Have you started today’s assignment? Finished it?
  • Is it a long-term assignment?
  • For a major project, would it help to write out the steps or make a schedule?
  • Would a practice test be helpful?

Other ways to help

  • Look over your child’s homework-BUT DON’T DO THE WORK
  • Meet teachers early in the year and find out about the homework policy.
  • Review teacher comments or homework that has been returned and discuss them with your child.
  • Contact the teacher if there’s a homework problem or need.
  • Congratulate your child on a job well done.
  • Always attend parent teacher conferences when scheduled.
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