Tips for School Success

Written by: Heather Bragg

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time for students and parents to become acquainted with the year’s goals and expectations. The following checklist may be helpful for parents when evaluating a child’s strengths and challenges.

Does your child:

  • Follow age-appropriate one- and two-step written directions? Spoken directions?
  • Begin and/or continue work independently?
  • Ask for assistance when he needs it?
  • Complete short-term assignments by the due dates? Long-term?
  • Bring the needed materials to and from school and home?
  • Transition between activities appropriately?
  • Control emotions appropriately for his age?
  • Make age-appropriate, thoughtful decisions?

Does your early elementary-aged child:

  • Use phonics knowledge to “sound out” unfamiliar words while reading and/or spelling?
  • Know the grade-appropriate “sight words”? (Words that do not sound like they are spelled, including common words such as the and of.)
  • Comprehend what he is reading with fiction and nonfiction?

Does your middle elementary-aged child:

  • Write complete, logical sentences? Paragraphs? Essays?
  • Count, add, multiply and divide single-digit problems with accuracy? Multi-digit?
  • Solve age-appropriate word problems with accuracy?

Helpful tips for parents and students of any age:

  • Use a color-coding system and checklists for packing up at school and home to help with organizational problems.
  • Encourage your child to start homework within 30 minutes of arriving home.
  • Complete homework assignments in this order: easiest, hardest, everything else. 

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Posted on September 26, 2011 at 8:47 AM