Some kids are naturally organized. They always write down their homework assignments, bring home the correct books, and turn in all of their work on time. Yet others are, well, forgetful— usually neglecting to bring home the correct books and materials, thinking they can remember their assignments without writing them down, or completing certain assignments but forgetting to turn them in. With the volume of work and academic demands increasing rapidly as students move through school, it’s helpful to teach your child strategies for being more organized and less forgetful. Try some of the ideas detailed below.
Your child comes home from school and is utterly drained. You know the value of academic enrichment and want to spend time building new skills but you also don’t want to overwhelm him or burn him out. Finding fun ways to engage your child during weekend and off-school times (especially in ways that don’t feel like school work) can help further develop his academics while fostering a true love of learning. Try some of the ideas detailed below.
Holiday season is a festive time filled with relaxation, family dinners, and celebration. It's also a time when many kids take a break from reading, writing, math, and essentially all school work. Yet holidays can also serve as an opportune time to remediate core academic skills - without the regular flow of homework - while still having fun and enjoying the festivities.
Your child feels anxious, complains of “headaches” or “stomach aches,” or downright says he hates school. Many kids experience these issues at some point in their academic careers; rather than downplaying these complaints or even giving in, try to truly understand why your child may be feeling this way. For many kids, academic or attentional challenges (or a combination of both) can often be the culprit.