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How can you help your child succeed in school?

Here are a few ways:

  • Encourage reading any way you can. Books can help stimulate the imagination, nourish emotional growth, build verbal skills, and influence analyzing and thinking.
  • Make math part of their everyday life. Count, sort, estimate, measure, look for patterns and solve real-life problems (i.e., count out their allowance). Children will learn to think in mathematical terms, without worrying whether or not they’re “smart enough” to do math.
  • Teach your child how to listen. Teach your child that even if an adult is saying something they find boring, they still need to listen, look at the person, and show respect.
  • If there is something happening at home (divorce, illness), let the teacher know. If your child is acting out – they need to know why.
  • Support your child’s teacher and the school rules (even if you don’t agree with them).
  • Make sure your child is ready for school (they’ll need 8-9 hours of sleep, nutritious breakfast, proper clothing, bath, lunch or lunch money, backpack with homework, and let them know who is picking them up or driving them to the bus stop).
  • Spend some time at the school and in your child’s classroom. Who are your children’s friends? Where do they sit? Be involved.