Most parents have checklists focused on the school supplies they need to buy. You buy a backpack so your child can keep his or her school items together. The same concept applies to a study space. Designate spots for important school papers that come home and a homework station. Your child's homework station could be a desk in a bedroom or other room. Keep it clear of distractions and have your child help get the space ready. For kids, the start of a new school year is kind of like New Years Day – when many of us make resolutions to do better or accomplish more. Right now, for your child everything is shiny and new. Take advantage of this fresh start and work with your child to set several goals and measurable milestones for the school year. You can do this just before classes start or during the first week of school. Every parent expects to spend time before school getting their children fitted for new shoes or trying on new clothes. But you also need to make sure to size up your child’s comfort level with entering a new school or starting a new year. Did they struggle last year? They may have anxiety about going back to school. Reflect on last school year and think ahead about what he or she wants to accomplish and avoid this year. Talk with your child about the things he or she is excited and anxious about. Reading comprehension, good note taking and studying for a test are skills that don’t always come naturally for some kids. If your child is struggling to make the grades you think they are capable of there may be more to it than just understanding a certain subject. A poor grade on a math test that was full of word problems may actually indicate a reading issue. A well-researched history report can still result in a C- if it’s full of spelling errors. Learning is a process that builds on itself. Make sure your child has a strong foundation.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- It’s Back to School season when your child transitions from summer time to study time. Education expert Bryan Redditt, with Huntington Learning Center in Little Rock, has ways you can help your child get ready for the classroom.
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