As the first semester of the school year draws to a close, it is a good time to review your child's school progress. Parent/Teacher conferences will provide that opportunity and this is the time for parents and teachers to determine how the child is doing in the new school year, and if there are any concerns, changes that need to be made, or accomplishments that should be celebrated! If your child is in upper elementary (grades 4-6), middle school or high school, you should include them in discussions about how school is going. The earlier we identify concerns in the school year, the more likely we are to find solutions.
If you are concerned about your child's school performance, be sure to talk to his teacher about your concerns. You may also speak to your pediatrician about those concerns. He/she can help your child, you and the teachers as all work toward a common goal - your child's success.
Beginning helpful homework patterns will be helpful to everyone in the family. Homework time can be enjoyable, and will be over much more quickly if there are some basic supports to help the child succeed.
1. Talk to your child about why he or she is doing homework. It helps to understand that math, reading and spelling require practice just like sports and hobbies.
2. Identify a well-lit, comfortable spot for homework to be done. A desk or table is the best, where the child has a good writing surface. Make sure that this isaway from the television, front door, little brother playing on the floor or other distractors.
3. Set a time for homework. Kids usually need to blow of a little steam right after school, so perhaps while dinner is being prepared or right after dishes are donewould be a good time.
4. As children are learning the importance of homework, be sure and provide some guidance with instructions and check their work to make sure they completed it. Praise them for a job well done!