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Seven back to school tips all elementary school parents should consider.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The first Tuesday after Labor Day means one thing – SCHOOL IS IN SESSION!  Best of luck to all for a successful 2012 -2013 school year.  But why trust to luck?  Our goal is to do all we can to ensure a perfect year.  With that said read below for a quick check list to make sure you have the tools in place to keep everyone smiling.

  • Have your child create and maintain a calendar of daily activities.
  • Decide when homework will be done each day and add it to the calendar.
  • Establish a comfortable and quiet place for homework.
  • Discuss assignments before the kids get started.
  • Consider letting your child select what assignment to start with.
  • Decide together how much time to spend on each assignment before checking back with you (consider using a timer if it will help).
  • Remind your children to check their work before they show it to you.

Tips for Reading Homework using READS

  • Select a question card and discuss the question with your child before beginning the 20 minutes of reading time.
  • Set a timer.
  • Have the child go to their reading nook where it’s comfortable and quiet.
  • At the end of the allotted reading time have the child answer the selected question.  Use the READS Parent’s Manual as a guide to determine if your child answered the question correctly.  Use the answer as the basis for conversation with your child.
  • Once you and your child agree that the reading homework was done correctly add a sticker to the reward chart.

Homework time can be the perfect opportunity to help your children on the path to becoming more independent.  By guiding them through the routine, they will begin to realize that they are a part of the process and begin to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.

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