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Helping my child at home

Establish a routine. Setting a regular time and sticking to it helps children complete their homework assignments. Ensure the room your child studies in is quiet, has plenty of light, and has school supplies close at hand. Remove distractions by turning off the television and electronics and discouraging social phone calls during homework time.

Show an interest. Ask your child about school activities and talk about what was discussed in school that day. Take your child to the library to check out materials for homework, and make time to read with your child as often as you can.

Monitoring Homework Assignments

Be informed. Find out about the school's policy on homework at the beginning of the school year. Ask your child's teachers about the kind of assignments that will be given and what kind of time frame the children have to complete them.

Be involved. Ask the teacher how you can help with homework. Be available to answer your child's questions, look over completed assignments, and encourage your child to share returned assignments so you can read the teacher's comments.

Providing Guidance to Homework Assignments

  • Learn how your child learns. Understand your child's learning style and develop routines that best support how he or she learns best.
  • Encourage good study habits. Help your child get organized. Ensure your child has scheduled enough time to complete assignments.
  • Talk. Discuss homework with your child. Talking about an assignment can help your child think it through and break it down into small, workable parts.
  • Provide Encouragement. Find ways to support your child's efforts in completing assignments.

Reading with Your Child

Make reading a priority. Let your child know how important it is to read regularly. Establish a regular time and place for reading.

Make time to read to your child on a regular basis. It is a great way to help develop a love of learning.

Ask your child to read to you. Have your child read aloud to you and keep reading material close by. Make sure children's books and magazines are easily accessible. Keep a basket of books in the family room, kitchen, or your child's bedroom to encourage him or her to read more often.

Plan a trip to a library, or browse the PEI Public Library Service's online resources. Let your children select their own books. Use your visit to the library to become a reading role model. Take some books out for yourself and read a lot. Let your child see you read and hear you talk about your books.

Download and use the 'Parent Guide: How to help your child learn to read and love reading'

Parents are the first teachers children have. Make reading a daily routine. Learning and literacy skills can be used every day.


For more details on Family Literacy activities, please visit the PEI Literacy Alliance or



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Contact a School or School Board - Visit your school's website for school supply lists and more.

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