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Five Ways for Kids to Stay on Top/ Back to School


It’s that time of the year, when your child is returning to a new school year. There is anxiety from you and your child about the unknown and unexpected in a new grade level. You have always heard the saying that you are your child’s first and foremost teacher. Your child can have a successful school year, when you are completely involved in his/her education.

Here are five tips to get you started.


1. Always make every effort in meeting your child’s teacher on open house. You can inform the teacher to contact you immediately, if any problems occur with your child. This is a way to build a parent-teacher partnership.


2. Always attend parent-teacher conferences. The parent-teacher conferences are held once or twice a year. This is a way to keep in touch with your child’s teacher. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any academic concerns with your child’s teacher.


3. Provide positive reinforcement to build your child’s self- confidence. Show your child that you value their education.


4. Always encourage active learning in your child’s daily routine. You should always ask your child questions. What did you learn today? Ask your child to explain and solve a math problem to you. Read a book together and allow your child to generate questions and opinions.


5. Always establish a quiet area in your home for your child to complete their homework and to study.


Teena Marie, 5th Grade Teacher

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