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How can I help my child enjoy learning?

Reading aloud is one of the most important parenting activities you can perform because it sets the stage for a love of learning. Choose high-quality literature to get started. Try pairing a book of fiction with a nonfiction book. Read to your child and have him read to you. Children any age can benefit tremendously from shared reading sessions.
Where do I begin to help my child who doesn’t like reading?
Make reading fun. Children hate to read material that is boring or too difficult for them. First check the material your child reads to see if it it’s the correct level for her. Don’t choose books that will overwhelm your child. Select books that will entertain and teach ideas at his intellectual, emotional, and developmental level. If your child stumbles over too many words, try an easier level. Preview the books he reads, and try to find high interest children’s books with a controlled vocabulary.
How can I aid my ADHD child in getting the most out of their classroom experience? And complete his or her homework?
An ADHD child’s day may be crammed with complaints and demands such as can’t you pay attention. Don’t you know where you put your lunch money? And don’t interrupt. With the help of your child’s teacher establish clear, consistent rules of behavior. ADHD kids need to know the exact behaviors expected from them. Develop a daily schedule that doesn’t vary. Post the daily and weekly schedule on the fridge or bulletin board where you can check her day’s activities and responsibilities.
To avoid homework hassles have a regular work space where you can check on his progress. Set a timer for the length of time the assignment should take. Donít forget to praise even the smallest accomplishment. Turn off the television and anything else that might interfere with her studies.
How can I help my child learn to count and get a head start with math?
Math may be the subject children complain about the most. But math doesn’t need to be something your child dreads. Reading out loud is a way to jumpstart children’s mathematical thinking. Even children who can’t read will benefit when their parents read fun and interesting material. Check-out introductory math books such as One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes, and Even Steven And Odd Todd by Kathyrn Cristaldi to help build basic math skills.
How can I motivate my teenager to be more persistent in her school projects and homework?
Foremost in teaching persistence to your child is to set a good example. Like all of us, your high school child sometimes gets discouraged and will want to give-up or quit when she doesnít find an easy solution to a problem. As your childís role model you can show him how to be persistent by modeling persistence. You can explain how long it took you to complete a task and show her the finished product. Stay away from sermons about persistence just be a good example.
What are some helpful tips, if I need to meet my child’s teacher concerning a problem?
By keeping close contact with your child’s teacher you may be assured that your child will progress academically and socially. The teacher needs to know if there have been major changes in your child’s behavior at home. Prepare for the conference by bringing a list of your major concerns. Remember to bring a notebook to write down any action items. And don’t bring up a burning question in the two minutes before the conference ends. Ask for specific ways you can help your child at home, and check back for the teacher’s comments. Have a cooperative attitude and try to work out problems together.
My child is struggling in school and I believe he is depressed. How do I know if my child is clearly depressed and needs additional help?
A child who is sad or blue bounces back emotionally in a day or two. On the other hand, blues that last more than a couple of weeks may signal a depressed child, and should be discussed with a mental health specialist. If you think your child is struggling with depression donít wait; get your child to the family doctor. She may be able to refer you to the right psychologist or psychiatrist. In case of emergency call the local police or the National Suicide Hot Line 1-800-784-2433.
Why do kids cheat? And how can I help my child in understanding the consequences of cheating?
Parents must discuss cheating with their children. Very young children don’t understand what cheating is, but by the time they are in elementary school they can understand the meaning of concepts like right, wrong, and fair. There are probably as many excuses for cheating as kids who cheat. While there is really no good reason for cheating, understanding why kids cheat can help parents begin to teach their kids to make better choices. A few reasons are:

  • They cheat because they are afraid of what their parents will say and do
  • They cheat because of the intense pressure to get good grades.
  • They cheat because all of their friends do.
  • They cheat because they are overloaded with homework.
  • Can my child with special needs ever be included back in the classroom?
    Yes, your special needs child can be included in a regular classroom. The 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that children with special needs be included in a regular classroom. This means that special education services are provided in the classroom rather than in a special room or school. Instruction is provided in the least restrictive environment for the child. Many special needs children are capable of receiving education in a regular classroom.
    How does parental involvement with a childís education make a difference?
    Educational research studies have shown how important it is for parents to be involved in their childrenís schools. Here are some of the findings of these studies:
    1. When parents are involved in their childís education at home, the child does better at school.
    2. These children go farther in school and do better in school,
    3. Encouraging education is more important to achievement than income, educational background, or cultural background.
    4. Talking about books and reading from books improves reading achievement.
    What are some of the basics a parent should know when considering homeschooling their child?
    The following are advantages of home schooling:
    1. Home schooled children avoid inappropriate peer pressure
    2. Home education promotes good communication and emotional closeness between family members.
    3. It develops a positive home influence and parental involvement.
    4. Education may be tailored to the child’s learning style, interests, and pace.
    Several disadvantages of homeschooling include:
    1. Spending all day with your child.
    2. You must supervise lessons, check progress, think of activities, and make worksheets.
    3. You may need to quit your job to be a full-time homeschool teacher.
    4. In the mood or not, you have to appear enthusiastic about the material you are teaching.
    5. Twenty-four hours a day with children plus being their teacher is no joke.