Help with homework

Homework Helpline: 727-547-7223

The Homework Helpline offers free homework help for students in grades 1 through 12.  The Helpline is staffed by Pinellas County Schools teachers who are certified in math, science, language arts and social studies.  Helpline teachers have access to textbooks commonly used in the district and can assist students with homework in most subjects.  Homework help is available from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on all school days except when there is no school the following day.

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org

This not-for-profit organization provides an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments. The video library covers K-12 math, science, and social sciences. Students can create an account online and will have access to all of the resources the site provides.

Homework Tips

Establish a routine

  • Make a schedule and stick to it.

  • Decide with your child the best time and place for doing homework.  You may thin  the best time is right after school, but your child may need a break first and then do  their homework after dinner.

  • Do homework at the same time every day.  If you child is involved in after school  activities, homework comes first!  Since coaches sometimes change practice schedules from week to week, plan ahead to complete homework assignments.

Set up a study area

  • Do homework in the same place every day.

  • Find a place with proper lighting where your child is comfortable.

  • A desk or table, even the kitchen table, can be used before or after dinner.

Homework survival kit

  • Get the supplies your child needs: pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, paper, crayons, dictionary, scissors, glue, ruler, calculator and other supplies.

  • Keep supplies in a box near the study area.

Distractions

  • Homework time needs to be a time when your child can concentrate.  Work at reducing distractions and interruptions.

When to call the teacher?

  • If your child is having a great deal of difficulty, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher.

  • The teacher may be unaware that your child is having trouble with the assignments.

  • Together you can work out a plan for your child’s success.

Parents.  The following are ways to make a difference in your child’s education. Try one or all of them!

Make education a priority in your home.

  • Discuss the importance of education with your child.

  • Have your child attend school every day. If they are not in school, they will miss information.

  • Talk with your child daily about his/her school day, homework, and activities.

  • Assist with homework, when needed.

  • Check homework to see if it is complete and correct.

  • Attend your child’s performances and other school events.

  • Celebrate their accomplishments!

Communicate with your child’s teacher.

  • Let the teacher know the best way to communicate with you – email, phone, etc.

  • Let the teacher know the best time to contact you.

  • Find out the best way and time to communicate with your child’s teacher.

  • Attend Parent/Teacher conference and Open Houses.

  • Address issues early.

Join a Parent-Teacher Organization such as PTA or PTO or SAC (School Advisory Committee).

  • To have your voice heard about issues at your school, attend PTA/PTO/SAC meetings.

  • To learn more about what is going on in your child’s school and to be a part of the decision making process that impact the school, participate in your school’s PTA/PTO or SAC.

Volunteer at your child’s school – inside or outside the classroom.

  • Provide classroom assistance – it could be as easy as cutting out shapes or alphabetizing.

  • Coach a program or event.

  • Mentor or tutor a student.

  • Chaperone a field trip.

Listen to your child. You will learn as much from them as they learn from you.

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