Parents urged to provide homework support | Families
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As the school year moves into high gear, the Fulton County Office of Children and Youth urges parents to help children to transition successfully into their new school year by playing an active role in their children’s education. The U.S. Department of Education reports that homework helps children to gain an edge by providing extra time for research, development of study skills and time management skills.
“Homework helps children to remember and master material that has already been presented in the classroom and assists them with preparation for future classroom activities,” said Melinda Pruitt, Division Manager for the Office of Children and Youth. Homework allows children to achieve the following skills:
• Enhance their reading and interpretation abilities
• Improve their ability to plan and implement projects
• Sharpen their problem solving skills and help them to learn how to manage their time
Pruitt adds, “Parents should play an active role in monitoring and supporting their children’s completion of homework to alleviate their stress and help to ensure their success during the school year.”
The U.S. Department of Education advises that some homework assignments are meant to be completed by the student alone and that parents should “encourage independence” by providing “guidance and not just answers.”
During the school year, the Office of Children and Youth provides families and children with resources to help children set goals, enhance their study skills, support their communities, develop leadership skills and learn how to resolve conflicts successfully. The Office of Children and Youth also provides counseling and resources to help families in crisis return to stability.
The Office of Children and Youth is a Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the services and leadership programs for young people offered by the Office of Children and Youth, please call 404-613-7944.
Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Housing and Human Services Department at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.