Promoting Active Learning Tips for Parents
Many of your child’s early school experiences involved quiet learning activities such as reading, writing and doing homework. Quiet learning is still a large part of your child’s day, at the elementary, intermediate grades, your child will be encouraged to become a more active learner.
Active learning involves problem solving, exploring personal interests, and asking and answering questions. Participating in team sports and clubs, visiting museums, and playing a musical instrument are all activities that support active learning.
Here are some ways that parents can promote active learning at home:
· Spend time listening to and talking with your child.
· Discuss current events, movies, music and TV shows.
· Involve your child in family discussions and ask for your child’s input.
· Play games such as Scrabble, checkers and chess.
· Turn daily activities such as meal preparation into learning experiences and involve your child in family projects.
Active learning pursuits will help your child grow and develop intellectually. These activities will also help your child be more successful in school.

Homework Tips for Parents
The following tips can help ensure that your child’s homework is always completed accurately and on time.

· To keep up with schoolwork and after-school activities, students need to develop good time-management skills. Help your child identify time wasters, such as watching too much TV or spending too much time playing video games. Eliminating or reducing time wasters will enable your child to have more time for other activities.

· Help your child determine the best time to do homework. Some students want to get their homework done right after school; others want to take a break and do their homework later. The most important thing is that your child creates a schedule that makes homework a part of his/her daily routine.

· Your child may ask for help with homework from time to time. Never do homework for your child. If your child needs help, go over the assignment and try to explain anything that seems confusing. Be available to help organize work, listen to presentations or reading assignments, and help review for tests and quizzes.

· When your child is working on homework, remove distractions to promote a more conducive learning environment. An example of this would be to turn off TV and make homework time a quiet time in your household. Calls to classmates with questions regarding an assignment are acceptable, social calls or other interruptions by friends should not be allowed.

· If homework seems excessive or if your child consistently struggles with homework, contact the teacher and express your concern. Work with the teacher to ensure that homework does not become a problem for your child.

· If your child is not doing his/her homework, first make sure that the homework isn’t too difficult or that there isn’t some problem with the class. Then come up with a plan in which the completion of homework becomes your child’s responsibility, and if it’s not completed, your child’s problem.

· Encourage your child to use any “free time” during the school day to get started on homework. Students who use class time wisely have much less work to do at home.

Organizational Tips For Students

With more classes, homework, and more activities, it’s important for students to develop good organizational skills. Students who are organized get better grades; they are less frustrated, and have more time to spend with family and friends. The following are suggestions to help you help your child become more organized: • Make sure your child has a folder for each class. Remind your child to put all worksheets, handouts, assignments and tests in the appropriate folders. Loose papers should not be stuck inside books or stuffed into backpacks. • Set up files at home for returned papers, quizzes and tests. • Encourage your child to use their student planner, assignment notebook or agenda to keep track of assignments. If the school doesn’t provide one, purchase one from a local office supply store or dollar tree. Check it regularly to make sure that your child is using it correctly. • Encourage your child to clean out his/her backpack and desk weekly. • Help your child learn how to organize and prioritize homework. Have your child explain to you what needs to be completed and then help your child develop a plan to get it done. • Large assignments often seem overwhelming. Show your child how to break down large assignments and projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. • Each night, have your child get everything ready for the next day.

Help Your Child Succeed

Students need a lot of direction, guidance, and support from their parents. The school year can be a very trying time for children as they reacclimatize or are introduced to formal schooling for the first time. Below are some suggested tips for parents that will promote and foster success at school:
  • Provide school supplies and a place to study.
  • Help set academic goals.
  • Insist on daily attendance.
  • Attend all parent programs.

  • Participate in parent-teacher groups.
  • Use rewards and consequences to encourage change.
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Help improve organizational skills.
  • Monitor homework.
  • Encourage independent problem solving.
  • Promote active learning.
“Try to eat dinner as a family as often as possible. Research shows that students whose families eat dinner together do better in school. They are also less likely to get in trouble. Turn the television off and talk about your day. It’s a great time for families to reconnect.” Bob Arnette, counselor