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10/05/2016


Here are 10 tips to make this the best school year ever for your child:

1. Help your child get organized. Instead of nagging, show him how being organized will pay dividends in life. Let him experience the ease of being able to find things, the joy of being on time, and the sense of control that organization will bring. If your child continues to struggle with Study Skills, call The Tutoring Center for information about this program.

2. Plan ahead so mornings go smoothly. There is an old saying, “well begun is half done,” and it certainly is true about getting off to school. Start your planning the night before by making sure your child gets enough rest. A slightly-earlier bedtime may make a big difference to your child’s ability to function in the morning. Have him lay out his clothes before he goes to bed, and put everything else he needs for school in his backpack.

3. Help your child keep up with his work; avoid procrastination. Share a tip from time-management experts: break tasks into manageable parts, and do one at a time until the job is finished.

4. Get a handle on homework. Provide a place for your child to do his homework, and make sure he has the necessary supplies. Keep things like pencils, paper, ruler, and colored markers all together in a pencil box or shoe box to save time looking around when doing homework. Set a time to do homework. Some families like to do homework right after school, while others prefer doing it after dinner. Whatever you decide, find one that works for everyone, then stick to it. If your child has no homework, read! 

5. Keep track of important notes from school. Here’s an easy way: the minute your child gets home, stick the note on the refrigerator or magnetic bulletin board. It won’t get lost in a pile of papers, and it won’t succumb to the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” syndrome either.

6. Make sure your child doesn’t fall behind in class. It is much easier to keep up in class, then to fall behind and try to catch up. Don’t wait until mid-semester to help your child with classes he is struggling with. If you feel that your child is having difficulty, get help right away. One of the easiest ways to do this is to schedule tutoring sessions at The Tutoring Center. With just two or three one-hour sessions a week, we can help your child stay on course in his classes.

7. Take a critical look at your child’s activities. Look especially hard at team sports, which require long hours of practice. Is your child over scheduled, trying to do far more than a child should do at this age? If so, you may have to consider cutting back to leave more time and energy for learning.

8. Remember the power of praise. Let it work its magic to motivate your child. Displaying a child’s best work is a form of praise. Add a special touch to an especially good paper by having it laminated.

9. Celebrate your child’s successes, no matter how small. Learning is not always easy for children, and sometimes their progress may be measured in very small steps. When your child does master a new skill, rejoice together.

10. Save time for fun. Play restores the body and stimulates brain connections, which makes learning easier in school. After all, there’s more to life than long division. Lastly, and maybe most important, as our kids settle in to a new school year, new routines and bigger challenges, it’s time for parents to take time to listen. “Parents should be prepared to do some listening,” said McEwan, author of a Solving School Problems (Shaw, 1992) and Raising a Reader (Baker, 1999). “And don’t overdo extra-curricular activities during the first few weeks of school. Give kids time to chill out.” While they’re chilling, take a little time yourself to put down the paper, turn off the computer, and do some listening to your child. The first days of school can be stressful, for kids of all ages, and a little extra parent support can go a long way.

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