Getting students engaged in learning opportunities and keeping their curiosity going — even when they are not in school — are challenges for busy families. But together, educators and family members form the bedrock of learning.
7 tips for helping your child succeed in school
- Just Ask. Ask your children what they studied in class today, what they liked and what they learned. Asking questions shows that school is important.
- Quiet Study. Choose a place for home study and make sure the room is quiet during that time. Creating a quiet place goes a long way toward helping your children learn.
- Regular Schedule. Set up a certain time of day that is dedicated to homework. Follow up with your children to be sure homework is complete and turned in on time.
- Learn Together. If you want your children to read their assignments, give yourself an assignment, too. When it's time for them to do homework, take a break and spend a few minutes reading a book, magazine or newspaper.
- Learn Everywhere. Increase your children's interest in homework by connecting school to everyday life. For instance, your children can learn fractions and measurements while you prepare favorite foods together.
- Meet Their Teachers. Meet with your children's teachers to find out what they are learning and discuss their progress in school.
- Praise Helps. Praise your children for successfully completing homework. Nothing encourages children more than praise from their parents.
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