for Grades K-3
you can help your child succeed
to your child.
your child read to you.
sing, and play with your child.
your child write in a "journal.
new and interesting books to your home library.
your child in family "storytelling times.
your child to read recipe directions to prepare a meal and help him or
her measure the ingredients for that recipe.
your child grocery shopping, and have him or her "estimate the cost of
flashcards to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
facts at home.
your child to read biographies.
your child to think about life without electricity, and discuss his/her
with your child that the family is like a team whose members share and
work together for everyone's good.
different kinds of jobs and careers in the community.
with your child interesting newspaper and magazine articles.
your child, on a map, places the family has visited or will visit.
clay, crayons, paint, paintbrushes, blocks, puzzles, and paper available
at home for your child.
as a family, museums, zoos, and art exhibits throughout the city.
Discuss with your child what he/she sees when viewing the animals or exhibits.
to music together.
hike, or bike together, to the library or to other places of interest.
your child to join an organized activity (baseball, cheerleading, basketball,
with your local park district or other community resources for after-school
your child identify and set fitness goals.
your child the difference between foods that are healthy for him/her and
those that are not.
do children need from parents?
– Give your child praise for efforts and for completing assignments.
– Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for
– Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar
to keep track of assignments and due dates.
- Provide a space for homework, stocked with necessary supplies, such as
pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, a computer, and other reference materials.
– Help your child focus on homework by removing distractions, such as television,
radio, telephone, and interruptions from siblings and friends.
- Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters,
during your child's homework time.
– Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk
to your child's teacher to resolve problems in a positive manner.
– Familiarize yourself with the CPS Homework Policy. Make sure that you
and your child understand the teacher's expectations. At the beginning
of the year, you may want to ask your child's teacher:
kinds of assignments will you give?
often do you give homework?
much time are the students expected to spend on them?
type of involvement do you expect from parents?
are the benefits of homework to children?
– Doing homework every day at the same time helps develop responsibility
and prepares children for responsibilities they will face as adults.
– Homework helps children understand that learning doesn't stop when the
school bell rings.
- Children learn self-esteem by doing estimable things—completing homework
assignments is estimable.
– Taking pride in homework assignments helps children experience the satisfaction
of a job well done.
you are your child’s greatest teacher!