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Tips For School Success
Many things can contribute to helping your child succeed in school. Here are some things you can do to help your child do well academically:
Homework: Establish a homework routine, for example, when they get home from school give them some time to relax (15-30 minutes), then have your child sit in a quiet place with few distractions for 45-60 minutes to do their homework. Let them take a 15 minute break then return to their work. When done, review your child's homework with them.
Tests: Ask when their tests and quizzes are and put them on your calendar. Studying for tests should start days before the test, not the night before. Help your child by quizzing them on the material they are studying.
Nutrition: Eating breakfast plays a big role in how children do. Children who skip breakfast have more headaches, abdominal pain and more difficulty paying attention in class. A cup of low fat milk, a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit go a long way to starting your day right!
The night before: Have your child get their backpack or school bag ready the night before: pack their homework, any assignments or projects and lunch money. Lay out their clothes for the next day.
Sleep: On average, kids need 8-10 hours of sleep per night. We recommend removing TVs from kids’ bedrooms and turning off electronics (cell phone, computer and TV) at a reasonable hour.
In the morning: Wake up early enough so your child does not have to rush and to have time to eat breakfast.
Talk about school: Talk to your child regularly about how things are going at school. Meal time and car rides are a great time to talk to kids of all ages. Use positive reinforcement: help your child have pride in their accomplishments!
The struggling student: If your child is having difficulty at school, schedule a meeting with their teacher and get specific details about what is happening. Is he tired or not paying attention? Is she not turning in her homework or unprepared for tests? If the problem is unclear, request an evaluation by the school to assess possible learning disabilities, or speak with us to discuss possible medical conditions such as ADHD.
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