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• Children do better in school when their parents take an interest in their homework.
• Asking questions about homework, setting aside a consistent study time, and setting a good example are great ways to get involved.
Take this true-or-false test to see how you can help your children do better in school!
Being involved with your children’s schoolwork helps them do better in school.
Getting involved with things like homework, school events, and parent-teacher conferences lets your children know that school is important and allows you to help them better navigate their academic career. Asking questions about schoolwork, checking homework, volunteering at school, and being there when your child needs help are all great ways to help you child succeed in school.
If my child is having a hard time with an assignment, it is okay for me to step in and do it for him.
Homework is meant to help your child learn. Part of the learning process involves making your own mistakes and thinking for yourself. Give guidance, but make sure your children are doing their own work.
Letting children decide how and when they do their homework helps them develop good study skills.
It is important to be flexible with your children’s individual learning styles, but that doesn’t mean you should let them do their homework in front of the TV. Set up a homework-friendly area in your house. Make sure it is well lit with plenty of school supplies handy. It should be a quiet area with no TV, loud music, phone calls or texting allowed. Set aside a regular study time so your children know when they are supposed to be studying.
My own attitudes about learning can make a big difference in how well my child does in school.
Actions speak louder than words. Are your children more likely to see you reading and writing or watching TV? Do you speak positively about your own school experiences? Do you praise their achievements and proudly post up their schoolwork? Your attitudes and actions can be major contributors in how well your children do in school.
Talking to your child about school can help you identify any potential problems.
Your child is your primary source of information about how things are going at school. Make sure you keep those lines of communication open. Pay attention and look for ways to help them resolve any problems. For example, if your child is having a hard time seeing the chalkboard or hearing the teacher, go to the doctor for a hearing or eye exam. Being proactive can help resolve problems like learning disabilities, bullying, or self-esteem issues in a healthy and safe environment. Problems that go unresolved often cause children to develop negative associations about their entire school experience.
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