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Last updated on 09/10/08

Why is homework so important for children?

Homework is important because it teaches responsibility and helps students develop good study habits. In addition, homework helps to reinforce lessons that have been learned in class, and helps prepare students for upcoming lessons, tests, and projects. At the beginning of the school year, ask about the school's homework policy. You need to know what kind of homework will be set, the guidelines for time to be spent, and the school's expectations of your input. If problems occur such as your child is taking far too long to complete assignments you should contact your child's teacher.

In the Jewish Community

For children learning a double curriculum, homework is twice as important. Jewish children may learn in two or three languages, starting from pre-school. It is imperative for parents to reinforce the skills their children learn at school so they will be able to absorb new information properly. On the same note, parents should monitor the amount of time children spend on their homework and make sure that they are not being overworked. A teacher may forget that the students are grappling with many subjects in different languages and it is up to the parent to bring excessive homework to the teacher’s attention.

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