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Help Your Child Study

Start a study plan. Study together everyday. Talk about school. Help your child:


  • Find a good place to study. Find a place that's quiet and lets him work.
  • Choose a study area in part of your home just for doing homework.
  • Make a box for things to study and a box for homework.

Be responsible

  • Ask your child's teachers for progress reports and report cards.
  • Talk with your his teachers once a week if you can.
  • Use a notebook to communicate with his teachers:
    • Pass the notebook back and forth everyday. This is great for your child!
    • The notebook will help you see your child's homework assignments and progress.
    • Use smiley face stickers in the notebook. This way, your child can see what the report says.
    • Talk about the day with your child. Do this while you are looking in the book.

Get rewards for good grades and hard work

  • Study with your child.
  • Do something together when the homework is finished.
  • Give your child a treat or watch a favorite movie together.
  • Give your child a big hug. Tell him how proud you are of him. This is something you can do everyday. No one will get tired of it!

Be organized

  • Plan ahead.
  • Know when deadlines for reports and projects are due.
  • Put up a calendar with school information on it.

Be patient

  • Problem-solving takes time and hard work.
  • Tell your child he's doing a great job!

Use a shoebox or drawer for homework supplies.

  • Have your child decorate the outside of the shoebox.
  • You can put things like this in the shoebox: Ruler, pencil, map, globe, dictionary, scissors, colored pencils, papers, etc.
  • Put the shoebox where your child does his homework every night.
  • This will help your child work better.
  • Your child's teacher can give you ideas.

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