- Does your child experience difficulty understanding and explaining the classroom lessons?
- Have Fun Trick or Treating While Staying Safe on Halloween
- How to tell if your child has a difficult time listening to directions
- Top 5 Signs to Determine if your Child is Reaching their Potential in School
- Top 5 signs that your child is struggling in school with academics
Your child comes home from school and spends hours on assignments that are only supposed to take 10-15 minutes. After dealing with questioning from you (and maybe some yelling), they finally admit to being confused in school by the classroom lessons and cannot recall what they have learned. As the parent, you are concerned and do not know how to identify the problem. In your quest to make things easier for your child in school, there are some questions to explore with your child and their teacher.
1. Does your child miss details during classroom lessons or on assignments?
2. Is your child unable to complete assignments based on classroom lessons because of lack of understanding?
3. Does your child follow the classroom lessons and/or need them simplified?
4. Does your child seem overwhelmed by information on the lessons presented at school?
5. Does your child ask for help or clarification, when needed, on the classroom lessons?
By answering these questions, you can start to identify the problem and work on areas of need.
While children look forward to Halloween all year, parents often worry. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.
1. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children trick or treating around the neighborhood on Halloween.
2. If your child is old enough to go trick or treating on their own, outline an agreed upon route and have them check-in via cell phone or be at central location where you will be waiting for them. Also, remind your child to stay in a group. Make sure that they are aware of the time and synchronize clocks so that you can agree on a time for them to return home or meet up with you.
3. Wear reflective stickers/tape/strips and/or attach flashlight or light up keychain to costume.
4. Be sure that your child is aware of allergies and what they should and should not take while out trick or treating.
5. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
6. Don’t eat any unwrapped/open candy that they receive from trick or treating.
Everyone have a fun and safe Halloween!
Does your child listen when you give them directions? Are they actively ignoring or is there a communication barrier? Here are 5 indicators that your child may not have their listening ears on OR need more assistance to follow through on directions.
1. My child does not pay attention or focus when I give directions.
2. My child ignores others when they give directions.
3. My child is usually distracted when given directions.
4. My child refuses to discontinue activities when given instructions for the next activity.
5. My child refuses to clean up after one activity before moving on to another activity.
Now that the school year is about a month in, how is your child performing in school? Are they reaching their potential in their academics? The following are a list of signals that might indicate if your child needs more of a push in school to reach their potential.
1. My child rushes through their schoolwork
2. My child would rather skip difficult items then ask questions
3. My child lacks focus (overall and/or in school)
4. My child cannot explain what they have learned
5. My child does not seem to be increasing in their skill set
We made it to October! Now that school is underway, how is your child performing academically? Here are signs to look for to identify if your child might be experiencing difficulty in school.
1. My child takes more time then their peers to complete academic assignments
2. My child has difficulty completing their schoolwork
3. My child lacks motivation in school
4. My child has difficulty following directions
5. My child is unorganized with homework and classroom assignments in school
1. How much homework should I expect each night?
2. What are the classroom behavioral expectations/rules so that I can keep them consistent outside of school?
3. What can I do to help support learning at home?
4. How are conflicts between students handled? How are conflicts between students and teachers handled?
5. What is the most effective way to contact you?
1. How much should I be helping my child with their homework? Should he or she be able to do his homework on his own?
2. Should I correct my child’s homework before they hand it in or let the teacher do the correcting?
3. With reading homework, do I need to actually hear the child read aloud or can I let them do it silently?
4. Approximately how long should homework be taking my child to complete? How do I know if it is taking them too long?
5. If my child refuses to complete their homework or says they are unable to do the work, would you like me to contact you and how?
“Back to School” is in full swing across the country and now that your child is back in the classroom how are they adjusting and what can you do to help them? Whether it’s a new school, classroom or grade there are things you can do to help ease your child into this school year and set them up for a successful start.
1. Establish a morning routine. Be consistent, make sure they get up at the same time and set up a check list for everything that needs to be done before they leave. Organize the list in the order that the items should be done. For example, check the weather, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, check backpack to make sure everything is there, grab lunch, and out the door.
2. Make sure a protein packed breakfast is a part of the morning routine. Keeping a child full until lunch is vital to helping them focus and optimizing time in the classroom.
3. Ask your child what he or she is most looking forward to that day in school. Discuss what’s been happening in the classroom. Ask specific questions and make sure to keep an open dialogue up until you drop them off at the classroom door.
4. Put a family photo in their backpack, notebook or folder or a fun note in their lunch to remind them how much you love them and how proud of them you are for having a great day at school.
5. When they get home from school make sure to keep an open dialogue. Ask if there was anything difficult in their day and discuss what you could do to alleviate it the next day. Also, keep things positive by giving equal discussion time to the best part of the day. Finally, reward them for making it through the day with a fun activity or a favorite snack.
Does your child (or you) have anxiety about heading back to school this year? Here are 5 easy ways to help you both ease those jitters and get excited.
1. Shop with your child before school starts. Let them pick out a new outfit they feel confident in and get school supplies they are excited to start using. Your child wear school uniforms? No problem. Shop for a fun backpack and/or accessories such as headbands and socks.
2. Place a fun family picture in your child’s backpack, folder or notebook as a reminder of all the people that are proud of them and are supporting them while they tackle that first day.
3. Be careful of unintentionally showing signs of anxiety yourself. Children are often more perceptive then we realize. Act excited and consistently talk about how wonderful this day is going to be rather then that fact that you will miss your child.
4. Redirect negative thoughts. When your child talks about nervousness or worries about that first day back to school respond with, “I understand those concerns but there are so many wonderful things to think about too. What are the top three things that you are most looking forward to?”
5. Walk and/or drive to school (or school bus stop) with a friend. Before the day starts, make sure your child has someone with them whom is experiencing the first day back as well. Kids show amazing resiliency if they feel they are not alone. If possible, have breakfast with a friend’s family before heading off to the school building to both have fun and alleviate some back to school jitters.
1. My child needs constant attention, even if it’s negative.
2. My child has difficulty making and maintaining friendships
3. My child is easily frustrated
4. My child has difficulty sharing and/or cooperating
5. My child has a hard time listening to directions