First Presbyterian Day School

Sometimes What Seems Obvious ISN’T!

by Kathy Henley

Most teachers would agree that “How can I help my child at home?” is one of the most often asked questions we receive.  Education studies reveal that homework problems are often simply the result of poor study habits. While that point may seem obvious, what may not be as obvious to parents is that most children, learning disabled or not, need to have these skills specifically modeled and taught to them.   Organization, sequential thinking, and time management skills are often quite difficult for children (and a challenge for many adults!) so teaching your child these skills is truly a gift!

Most parents, at one time or another, have dealt with a worried child who felt unprepared the night before a test or a big project is due. This can be very stressful for everyone! Here are a few tips for developing good organizational habits and study skills:

  • Identify a location for homework/study that is free of distractions.
  • Teach your child to gather all needed materials and organize them.
  • Help your child develop a sequential plan (steps) and a timeline for completing projects.
  • Teach your child to check all assignments for accuracy and completion.
  • Consider a folder or pocket organizer for homework that needs to be turned in.
  • Remind your child that it is fine to ask for help when it is needed!

The time you spend with your children in the development of good study habits is an important investment in their academic future.  Keep up the good work!

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