On time every day
Arriving at school on time allows your child to settle in and take full advantage of every learning activity. Let him take the lead on this important responsibility by teaching him to set an alarm. Tip: Suggest that he place the clock across the room
so he has to get out of bed to switch it off.
A “mind rehearsal”
Have your youngster “practice” challenging situations in her mind to boost her confidence. Before a cheerleading competition, for example, she could picture herself nailing her routines. Or if a big test is coming up, she might imagine staying calm and answering questions to the best of her ability.
Field trip learning
When you sign a field trip permission slip, show interest—you’ll inspire your child to learn more from his outing. Ask him to predict what he will see and learn. Together, look up the destination online or in books, and say something like, “I can’t wait to hear which instrument is your favorite at the symphony.” Then, follow up with him afterward.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King, Jr.
JUST FOR FUN
Great graphic organizers
in creative ways can make studying more interesting and productive for your youngster. Encourage her to try these graphic organizers—and to invent some of her own!
Cars in a train
Drawing a train is one way to understand and study steps in a process or events in a sequence, such as the parts of the scientific method or the plot of a novel. Suggest that your child label each train car with a step (“Ask a question,” “Make a hypothesis”) and add a picture to illustrate it.
Toppings on a pizza
Have your youngster draw a pizza to visualize facts. On each slice, she should write a category of information (example: “Lewis and Clark,” “Cartier,” and so on for a quiz on explorers). She can draw toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms) and put a fact on each one. On the Lewis and Clark “pepperoni,” she might write, “Started in St. Louis” and “Ended at the Pacific Ocean.”
Letters of the alphabet
Let your child divide a sheet of paper into 26 squares and label them A–Z. Then, she could write a fact that begins with each letter. If her topic is habitats, she can define desert in the D square and rain forest for R. Being creative with less-common letters will get her thinking more deeply about the material (“Quick temperature drops happen at night in the desert” for Q).♥
Respect all around
Every day, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to show respect for others. Here are examples.
At home… The dinner table is a great place to start. Teach your youngster to thank the cook. He’ll show respect for the person’s time and care in preparing the food.
In school… Encourage him to be respectful of other children’s backgrounds by learning greetings in the languages they speak at home.
In your community… Explain that shoppers respect store employees by not creating extra work for them. If you decide you don’t need an item in your cart, help your child return it to where it belongs. After you load groceries into your car, have him walk with you to return the cart.♥