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Monday, October 9, 2017

A family schedule helps kids know what to do

Are you tired of reminding your child when to do what? Post a schedule the whole family can live by. List mealtimes, snack times, homework time, chore times and bedtimes. Use a different color of ink for each family member. If your child wants to do something that's not part of the routine, she should check the schedule first to make sure that she has finished everything she needs to do.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Reinforce the link between effort and results

Parents know that getting their children to do their best on schoolwork is often a tough task. To motivate your child, treat school as his job. Set time aside to talk about it, and listen, every day. Help him understand that his efforts affect his results. When he receives a grade, ask, "Do you think this is a grade you deserve? Why or why not?" Discuss things he did that worked, and what he could do differently.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Arrange an 'encouragement bouquet'

Students need encouragement to be confident and succeed in school. An "encouragement bouquet" is a fun way to remind your family to support one another. Put a vase in the middle of the table. With your child, attach paper cutout "flowers" to drinking straw "stems." Whenever a family member receives a compliment or word of encouragement, put a flower in the vase. The bouquet will be something special.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prepare for a productive parent-teacher conference

Before you go to your parent-teacher conference, ask your child which subjects she likes best and least and why. Ask if she has any concerns. Then, make a list things you want to discuss with the teacher, such as your child's strengths and interests, any changes at home, and your concerns or questions about your child's progress. A little preparation will help ensure that you cover the things that matter most.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Could your child have a learning disability?

Children sometimes struggle in school with undiagnosed learning disabilities. Some of the signs that a child might have a learning disability include: disorganization; distractibility and poor attention span; overreaction to noise; poor eye-hand coordination; lack of enjoyment in being read to; inability to follow directions; and limited vocabulary. If you see signs that concern you, discuss them with your child's teacher.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flash cards are useful for much more than math

Flash cards are an effective tool for helping children learn. Many kids use them for math facts. But flash cards are also great for learning new reading or science vocabulary words, as well as names, events and dates in social studies. Saying the words or facts on the cards out loud helps kids memorize, while drilling with them reinforces knowledge by making kids recall what they know.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ask questions to help your child find the answers

Your child is doing homework and he's stuck. How can you help him solve the problem without doing it for him? Get your child talking. Ask him to tell you what he knows about this type of problem. Then have him explain what he's done so far. Has he done any problems like this before? Often children will suddenly say, "Oh, I see. I divided when I should have multiplied."

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