We all want our children to succeed academically. Aside from making sure kids do their homework, there are things you can do at home to help make success a reality. Teachers can only accomplish so much during the school day and what you do at home can boost your child’s learning dramatically. Try implementing the five tips below to give your child the best chance at academic success.
5 Home Remedies That Ensure Academic Success;
1. Know your facts. Odds are your memories of what you learned in fourth (or any) grade are a little fuzzy. Don’t rely on your memories when focusing on what your child should be learning this year. Instead check your school’s website and print out a copy of each grade’s “Scope and Sequence” listing. Print it out. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. This print out will give you an idea of what each grade level is trying to achieve over the course of the year.
2. Make your own miracles. If your child is struggling with a subject or new concept don’t wait for their teacher or the school to recognize the problem. Research special education resources and find the help your child needs. Online resources offer everything from tips for helping your child at home yourself, to specialized tutoring for specific learning challenges. If your child does have a learning disability, the school should recognize and accommodate it (Due to FAPE). This can take time to implement – do what you can at home in the meantime.
3. Understand the system. If you live in a state that is following the Common Core guidelines, it is helpful to understand those guidelines as they apply to your child’s grade. Common Core language and methods can make homework a challenge for students and their parents. Knowing the terms and methods will save a lot of frustration. This website is a good starting parent for those new to the Common Core.
4. Get organized. Go through your child’s paperwork and backpack each evening. Fill out and/or sign any forms and return them promptly. It might seem obvious but you are helping your child’s teacher by keeping your child organized. Much classroom time is wasted searching for forms and homework – don’t contribute to the problem.
5. Send the right signals. Show your child that you take school seriously. Set up an area for homework and have the supplies (scissors, glue, paper, writing instruments, etc.) easily available. Set up a daily time dedicated to homework and/or reading – have the rule apply to the entire family. Even if you think an assignment is ridiculous, you are not helping your child by voicing your opinion. If an assignment (homework or book) truly bothers you, talk to the teacher first.
Helping your child succeed in school can be challenging. However, with a positive attitude, a willingness to seek help when needed and an understanding of the school’s goals you are setting your child up for success.
As parents, what tips and tricks do you use in order to keep your child moving toward academic excellence while at home?
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