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How to Help Your Child in School

Updated on June 30, 2012
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What can you, as parents, do to best support your child’s learning at school?

As a teacher, I am often asked this question. When parents, teachers and administrators work together to meet the needs of children, all are benefited. Most teacher's welcome opportunities to hear about your successes and challenges at home with your child and will make opportunities for you to contact them through phone calls, emails and meetings to discuss your child’s progress at school. Here are tips that I have found to be sound in wise for the parent seeking to help their child's learning.

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Read to your child

Even when children begin to read on their own it’s important to continue reading aloud to them. They are able to understand books that they can’t read fluently yet, and your modeling of tone, punctuation and syntax, along with sharing in discussion and reflection about literature, is a wonderful scaffold for their reading development.



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Give your child chores

Even young children are capable of helping out at home. Such tasks as setting or clearing the table, loading or emptying the dishwasher, caring for pets, taking out trash, etc. help your child develop a sense of accomplishment that is fundamental to self-esteem and responsibility. Expecting appropriate personal care, such as getting dressed in the morning, brushing one’s teeth, combing one’s hair, and helping to make one’s own lunch help children learn to be responsible for their own personal well-being.


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Play games with your child

Besides supporting the development of good math skills in a pleasurable context, playing games with your child nurtures important social and emotional skills such as turn taking, fairness, winning and losing.



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Give your child a weekly allowance

It’s not too soon for your child to receive an allowance. Learning to make good decisions with money, and how to save money, are important life skills which develop over time. There’s also lots of meaning math involved! *Allowance should not be tied to household tasks. Contributing to the welfare of the household should be expected without monetary reward.


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Share stories with your child

Tell stories to your child and listen to stories that your child tells you. Storytelling helps develop clear and effective oral communication skills and good listening skills. Your child will love learning more about their parents and families.



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Develop routines

Provide support for organizational tasks such as getting homework back and forth from school to home and from home to school. Check in with your child daily about what homework they have and how they plan to take care of it. Help them make good decisions about time management and help them determine a good place in the home where they can do their homework comfortably with minimal distraction. Work with them to develop routines for making sure that their homework is packed up and ready to go back to school when it’s completed.


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Enough sleep and a healthy breakfast

Make sure they get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast before coming to school. This really goes without saying, but children this age truly need a full 10 hours of sleep each night in order to function cognitively, socially and emotionally at their best. We all learn less effectively when we are tired. Also, make sure that your child has had something for breakfast so that he/she is fueled to start the day productively.


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Do you read your child's class emails or newsletters regularly?

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Read all school communications

Establishing a strong connection between home and school is essential to your child’s school success. When you are informed about what is currently happening at school you are letting your child know how important their work and learning is to you. And, you will know what is happening in the classroom and can use that to engage your child in conversation about their “workday!”

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am glad that you are encouraging parents to read all communication from school. A teacher sends home notes, newsletters and other forms of communication to help parents keep in the loop on their child's progress and school events. It is those parents who care that will read and respond. The child benefits from a parent who responds to communication.

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      KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I agree absolutely! Parents cheat themselves and their children when they miss out on school communications. If a school, teacher or adminstrator is sending something home, it's for a reason!

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      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      My daughter's teacher asked one day if their parents read the weekly newsletter. I was SO embarrassed when my daughter said no. She said she never saw me read them. So, instead of reading them in my catch-up time after putting her to bed, I now make sure she sees me read them.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub. Parents should involve themselves and encourage their kids. Parents should encourage the habit of reading books, which slowly seems to be dying. Very useful tips and advice. Voted up.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Nicely done Krystald, a very important job explained well and succinctly. Thank you! Voted uo and interesting.

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great parenting tip...

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      StephenCowry 4 years ago

      It's really hard to deal with kids when it comes to getting them to study school lessons because they easily get bored. But you did a great job in detailing what should be done with kids towards their school lessons. Great hub!

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