Parent Resources

Parent Involvement in Independent Learning

Parent involvement can be used to speed up a child’s learning. Homework can involve parents in the school process. It can enhance parents’ appreciation of education. It can give them an opportunity to express positive attitudes about the value of success in school.     

            

When mothers and fathers (and other adults in your child’s life) get involved with their children’s homework, communication between the school and family can improve. It can clarify for parents what is expected of students. It can give parents a first hand idea of what students are learning and how well their child is doing in school.

                        

Research shows that if a child is having difficulty with homework, parents should become involved by paying close attention. They should expect more requests from teachers for their help. If a child is doing well in school, parents should consider shifting their efforts to providing support for their child's own choices about how to do homework. Parents should avoid interfering in the independent completion of assignments.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR PARENTS

                                        

  • Acknowledge effort and success. Avoid taking the responsibility for your child’s assignments being completed.

  • Provide a calm uncluttered study space with limited distractions like the phone, television, etc.

  • Schedule time in a way that helps get work done, permits guilt-free recreational time, and improves efficiency.     

  • Calendar assignments ahead of time in order to have a plan of attack.

  • Complete the assignments as soon as possible: Avoid last minute rushing.

  • Provide time to practice.

  • Chart and acknowledge effort and accomplishment. (Can be as simple as marking a “to do list”.)

  • Keep emotional contact with your child or youth while they are doing their learning assignments: Avoid isolation while learning.

  • Avoid doing the assignments for your child. Express faith that they will figure out how to do it and encourage them to be diligent.

  • If it’s an option, consider becoming a lifelong learner yourself. Take a correspondence or online course and work on it while your child works on their assignments.

  • Avoid simply telling your child or youth about the academic areas in which you had difficulty. Rather, become a learner and take a course and get more comfortable with those trouble areas. Your comfort will help your child.

  • Do your best not to feel guilt or shame if you or your child has had difficulty learning in one or all academic areas.

  • Work to help your child make connections between their interests and their school work, rather than relying solely on memorizing textbook/computer program information.                    

  • Consider the other responsibilities of your day before scheduling, such as hours spent with other family members, a job, housekeeping, recreation, relaxation, exercise, and so on. Then fill in the weekly schedule to include time for other responsibilities as well as the required supervision of the student’s study.

 

                

Communication is Important

A meeting time should be set aside within the daily schedule to discuss the good things of the school day, ways to improve the upcoming lessons, responsibilities, future plans, and any other ideas or problems. This practice encourages the development of oral language, problem solving, and critical thinking skills, among others. You, in the parent role, should merely guide the discussion during these meeting times, talking only when necessary.