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10 Ways to Make Your Child a Better Student

May 17, 2017 11:25AM ● By David Norby
Article by Kourtney Jason

Any number of factors can throw even the brightest young minds off track. But with a few simple homework assignments for the parents, any child can become a better student.

1. Meet the teachers and the school administration.

It’s important for you to know the Who’s Who as well as what they do. Whenever an issue should arise, you’ll know whom to turn to for advice.

2. Attend school events.

Back-to-school nights and parent-teacher conferences—these early school year events give you an opportunity to show your child that you are involved and interested in his/her success.

3. Be ready for questions.

Let your child know you are available, should he/she have any questions about assignment instructions. Be there when they get stuck or need you to review the completed work.

4. Set homework expectations.

According to The National PTA, homework should take 10-20 minutes per night in first grade and an additional 10 minutes per grade level thereafter. If it takes longer than the recommendations, talk to your child’s teacher.

5. Prepare your child for school.

Teach by example that mornings are less stressful when you prepare for them the night before.

6. Get involved.

Be a classroom helper, organize a fundraiser or chaperon field trips whenever you can. A few hours of participation can provide memories for both of you.

7. Ask questions.

Go beyond “yes” or “no” questions to learn more about your child’s day. 

8. Encourage reading.

Reading helps kids across all school subjects. You might hesitate to buy your kid the latest video game, but you most certainly shouldn’t hesitate to buy your kid a new book.

9. Monitor TV time.

According to Michigan Medicine’s 2010 report on children and television, children ages two to five spent 32 hours a week in front of a TV. That is 32 hours of missed opportunities to learn and grow.

10. Be supportive.

Encourage your child through every up and down, from helping out in a subject and inspiring him/her to do his/her best to sending thoughtful notes in their lunchbox and always being on time for pick-up.

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