Strategies to Support Academic Development at Home
Read at Home
- Read to your child and listen to your child read everyday.
- Keep a collection of favorite books handy.
- Give books as gifts.
Let Your Child Know School is Important
- Keep absences to a minimum.
- Provide time and space to do homework.
- Ask about homework.
- Attend PTA and School Events.
- Volunteer to help at school.
- Visit the teacher.
Talk With Your Child
- Talk with your child about school.
- Talk with your child about books.
- Provide a quiet place for homework. NO TV.
- Establish a routine that allows for breaks. Work 20 minutes, then take a 5 minute break.
- Break down the homework into smaller tasks.
- Review the finished homework together.
Recognize Your Child’s Special Talent
- Praise your child daily.
- Encourage creativity: draw pictures, sing, dance and have fun!
- Work on hobbies together.
Limit TV viewing
- No more than one hour a day during the week or 2 hours on weekends.
- Watch TV with your child and talk about the programs.
- TV alternatives:
- Join a team
- Play a game
- Call a friend
- Go for a walk
- Write a letter
- Go for a bike ride
- Play a musical instrument
- Cook together.
- Help your child select books that he/she can read independently.
- Select books that you can read together.
- Help your child find books and authors they love