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Teachers give tips on helping your child with homework

Teachers say parents can play a big role in helping their child finish their homework and study for tests. Teachers say parents can play a big role in helping their child finish their homework and study for tests.
ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) -

Back-to-school means that your child will be backing into a routine. One of the things on the daily calendar is homework. Teachers say parents can play a big role in helping their child finish their homework and study for tests.

"I know how busy things can be but it's important to take out a little bit of time because then, the students can say 'Okay, my parents do care about what's going on at school,’" said Sarah Heuring, a junior high English teacher at Advance.

Teachers say it’s important for parents and teachers to have an open line of communication. They say if parents do not know how to help their child, it’s always okay to ask their teacher.

“You have a problem with homework?’' Heuring said. “Talk to the teacher about it. Have your student talk to the teacher about it."

Cara Dirnberger, a business teacher, says parents can help their child learn outside the classroom simply by involving them in everyday life.

“Personal finance, vacation time, or salaries, I'll have them go interview members of the community, their parents, family members, so they pull the outside into the classroom," Dirnberger said.

Terry Bryeans, a junior high social studies teacher, says one thing that often stands in the students’ way of homework is extracurricular activities.

"It's very difficult to squeeze in basketball, baseball, cheerleading, and also do the activities they have in the classroom such as homework, studying for a test," said Bryeans.

That way, teachers say, organization is the key.

"A lot of the kids who are able to find that, where they can allot time for each of those usually will end up getting their work done," Bryeans said.

Jennifer Welch says she teaches her sixth graders to stay organized. She says it’s never too early for students to learn to use a planner.

"We work on those kind of organizational skills,” Welch said. “We provide them with color coded folders, so every student has the same color folder."

Teachers say helping your child with homework and studying gets everyone ready for an “A +” school year.

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