Parentís Guide

Homework Tips for Parents-

- Make sure your child has a quiet, well lit place to do homework. Avoid having your child do homework

with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.

- Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils, and a dictionary in English and

native language are available.  Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and

get them in advance.

- Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing homework.  Don’t let

your child leave homework until just before bedtime.  Think about using a weekend morning or

afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with


- Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is.  The attitude you express about

homework will be the attitude the child acquires.

- When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will

not learn the material.  Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will

do the work for him or her.

- When the teacher asks that you play a role in the homework, do it. Cooperate with the teacher.  It

shows your child that the school and home are a team.  Follow the directions given by the teacher.

- If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Too much parent involvement can

prevent homework from having some positive effects.  Homework is a great way for kids to develop

independent, lifelong learning skills.

- Stay informed. Talk with your child’s teacher.  Make sure you know the purpose of homework and

what your child’s class rules are.

- Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework. Have your child do the

hard work first.  This will mean he or she will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges.  Easy

material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

- Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. Let your child take a short break if he or she is

having trouble keeping their mind on an assignment.

- Reward progress in homework. If your child has been successful in homework completion and is

working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (for example., pizza, a walk, a trip to the

park) to reinforce the positive effort

What can parents do to help their child

Parents should continue to speak and read to your child in your native language. Check out the local library to see if they have books in your native language. Read picture books to your child.  Talk with your child and help him or her develop reasoning skills through your native language.  Research on learning a second language suggests that students who learn to read in their native language perform better in school, are more likely to be judged as competent readers in the second language, and transfer the ability to read well in the native language to English. You are your child’s first teacher - Encourage your child to do well in school. You have the greatest impact on your child’s success in school.  Be supportive of your child’s education by visiting the school and keeping in touch with your child’s teachers.  Attend Family School Association (FSA) meetings, read information that comes home, and volunteer in your child’s classroom.  When your child sees that you value education, he or she will also. Support your child’s English language development. Help your child learn English by using a variety of resources in the community, including the library’s English language resources, the community’s recreational resources, and of course, the resources available through the school

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HELLO Packet



I am very happy to have your sons and daughters in my ELL class. It is wonderful to learn about and meet people from all the different cultures that we have in Galloway Township. It is important to preserve your culture, language, and traditions and also to help your child learn English and the culture of your new country, the United States. If you would like to come to school and share information about your country, culture, and traditions, please let me know. I would love to have you come in and visit with us.

Information for Parents

  Ms. Randsdorp, another ESL teacher, and I created this packet. It's called HELLO- Helping English Language Learners Orientation.  We both have given workshops on Working with ELL to teachers in our district during our Staff Development Days and have given parents a presentation of our ELL Program at the last 2 Galloway Township Curriculum Showcases.  New additions to the packet will be linked here.

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