For Parent/Guardian

Helping Your Child With Homework

1.  Show that you think education and homework are important:
        _____ Do you set a regular time every day for homework?
       _____ Does your child have the papers, books, pencils and other things needed
to do assignments?
       _____ Does your child have a well-lit, fairly quiet place to study?
       _____ Do you set a good example by showing your child that the skills she/he is
    learning are an important part of the things she/he will do as an adult?
       _____ Do you stay in touch with your child’s teacher?
2.  Monitor assignments:
       _____ Do you know what your child’s homework assignments are? How long
they should take? How the teacher wants you to be involved in them?
       _____ Do you see that your child starts and completes assignments?
       _____ Do you read the teacher’s comments on assignments that are returned? 
        _____ Is TV viewing or video game playing cutting into your child’s homework
3.  Provide guidance:
       _____ Do you help your child to get organized? Does your child need a schedule
or assignment book? A book bag or backpack and a folder for papers?
       _____ Do you encourage your child to develop good study habits (for example,
scheduling enough time for big assignments; making up practice
       _____ Do you talk with your child about homework assignments? Does she/he
understand them?
4.  Talk with teachers to resolve problems:
       _____ Do you meet with the teacher early in the year before any problems arise?
        _____ If a problem comes up, do you meet with the teacher?
  _____ Do you cooperate with the teacher to work out a plan and a schedule to
solve homework problems?
        _____ Do you follow up with the teacher and with your child to make sure the
plan is working?
US Department of Education
Office of Communication and Outreach
Washington, DC 2005

As chil
dren enter middle school, the parents often become less involved in their lives. However, adolescents need as much attention and love as when they were younger, possibly more!  Here are some tips to help children through early adolescence:

  • Stay involved in your child's life, both inside and outside of school. 
  • Provide both unconditional love and appropriate limits to help your child thrive and feel safe. 
  • Learn as much as you can about early adolescence. 
  • Talk with your child often about what is most important to him/her.
  • Hold your child to high, but realistic, standards. 
  • Show that you value education.
  • Provide opportunities for your teenager to succeed. 
  • Monitor your child's friendships. 
  • Work with your child to become more aware of the media and how to use the media appropriately. 
  • Model good behavior. 
  • Be alert to major problems. 
  • Hang in there when times are tough.
  • No Child Left Behind *= U.S. Department of Education =

Steps to Improve Your Student’s Academic Performance
By David
Irving (2003)

  • Have your student study in the same place, at the same time, for the same period of time.
  • Maintain a quiet environment. Turn off the television.
  • Keep all study materials nearby, especially a dictionary.
  • Make sure your student uses the agenda (planner).
  • Monitor the study time of your student. 
  • Review completed homework.
  • Have your student repack his/her backpack when finished studying.
  • Keep reading materials in the home, the more the better.
  • Visit your student’s school for parent-teacher conferences and other important meetings.
  • Talk with the teachers and ask for extra help if needed. 
  • Encourage hard work and  effort.
  • Praise your student’s improvements. 
  • Communicate a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Teach by example.
  • Follow these steps consistently.
How to Improve your Child's Attendance

* Talk to your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
* Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
* Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise.
* Don't accept excuses for why your child "must" miss or be late for school.
* Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.
* Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.
* Show your support for the importance of education. Give specific examples of how education helps.
* Lead by example.  If children see parents taking time off from work for no real reason, they may expect to be able to do the same thing.


The single most important factor contributing to student achievement is attendance.  Students must be in school to be successful.

Did you know that students who attend school regularly..
  • Have higher test scores.
  • Are more involved in school activities.
  • Feel safer.
  • Maintain healthy friendships.
  • Are less inclined to participate in at-risk behaviors.
  • Are more likely to graduate.
  • Are more likely to attend college.

  • Habits that children develop in their school “career” often transfer to their work career.  Help your child develop the habit of attending school every day, on time, and being prepared for the day!

    OPS strongly believes that daily attendance is critical to academic achievement.  We expect every student to attend school and classes on time everyday.

OPS Research shows that there is a meaningful link between student attendance and achievement.  Please call the school when your child is unable to attend.  Follow up with teachers to find out about missed schoolwork.

Young people are more successful in school when caring adults are involved in their education.  This is true from preschool through high school.


What the School Can Do:
  • Provide a welcoming atmosphere, stimulating curriculum, and safe learning environment.
  • Offer personnel resources like teachers, counselors, Student Personnel Assistants, school psychologists, and community counselors to assist with social and academic concerns. 
  • Communicate progress with students and families.

What the Parent/Guardian Can Do:

  • Start the night before. Assist with and review homework and sign other necessary forms.
  • Establish bedtime routine that is appropriate to the age of the child.
  • Have breakfast foods available or take advantage of the free breakfast offered at school.
  • Be a role model by demonstrating that being on time, being prepared, and having a positive attitude about work are important.
  • Contact the school counselor to develop a plan to resolve the issue if attendance problems occur.

the Student Can Do: 

  • Complete homework assignments.
  • Set an alarm clock allowing enough time to get ready and eat breakfast. 
  • Decide what clothing to wear and lay it out for the next day.
  • Place jacket and backpack by the door that will be used to leave in the morning.
  • Have a positive attitude and look forward to the school day.

For further assistance, contact your child's guidance counselor.

OMAHA+ Public Schools/Guidance & Counseling 

"Empowering students to achieve at their highest potential."

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