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I have parents who really want to help their children do well in school. They ask me what they can do. Sometimes my answer seems too simple, but aside from making sure students show up for school, parents can help their children form good study habits.
- Establish a set routine for meals, homework and bedtime (9-11 hours of sleep a night).
- Help your child set up a special spot for homework. This spot should not be by a TV or have access to loud noises. Shut down or put away all devises. Help mirror what the conditions are like in a classroom during a test.
*Your child is less likely to read if they have a TV, or a computer in their room.
- Fact = Did you know that students who have their cell phones near them, learn approximately 28% less than if their cell phones are in another room? (Who just binged me? Should I look?)
- Encourage your child to relax for awhile upon arriving home, but then encourage your child to get their work done (about 30-60 minutes of unfinsihed school work per evening).
- Reading with your child will help her make progress faster then she will as an independent reader. I encourage good books for this. If you read with your child, and help her with the vocabulary and story line she should be able to handle more challenging and interesting books. Have younger children gather around and listen too. Everybody wins. Once she has read for 20 minutes, or has read a couple of chapters, everyone is now ready for bed - presto - a new and powerful habit is forming.
-See Homework Policy excerpt taken from student handbook
"Homework assignments are a necessary part of the educational program. It provides meaningful and practical experiences for understanding educational concepts. Homework assignments are to be turned in during class on the following school day. Only partial credit will be given for late assignments. Teachers may use their own discretion in emergency situations.
Students will be allowed two days for every one day missed to make up homework for an absence due to illness. Otherwise, all homework is due at regular class time. Teachers may use their own discretion in emergency situations."
I will try to give enough time in class for your child to complete most work.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, children, ages 6 to 12, need 9-12 hours of sleep each night.
What Else can parents do to help their children be successful in school?
- Read to your children. Don't stop until they reach Junior High School. I'm serious!
- Make sure your child/children know their math multiplication facts (answer in 3 seconds or less).
- Show some interest in what is going on at school. "Tell me about something that you learned in school today."