Suggestions for Parents
- Read to your child in your native language, as well as in English, if you are comfortable.
- Allow your child to read to you in both English and his/her native language.
- Ask child to retell events that happened during the day in both English and his/her native language.
- 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.