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Don’t Be Afraid to Help Your Child with Schoolwork

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I just finished doing a talk at one of my local libraries, called Tons of Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better!

My favorite tip is the simplest: HELP THEM.

It’s pretty amazing how parents hesitate to just sit down next to their child and offer some basic assistance. It’s usually for one of two reasons:

5 Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I’m preparing to give a talk entitled Tons of Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better!
Here are five of my favorites:

  1. Read to them. Kids of all ages love to be read to.  I even read to my SAT-prep students (11th graders!). I read them practice SAT passages and have them follow along with their eyes; this lets them hear what the passage is supposed to sound like and how to pronounce unfamiliar vocab words. Then we talk about the passage and make sure they understand it. I also often read to kids who get bogged down by their history or science texts. Often we take turns reading sections to one another. It moves them through the material, makes the content come alive and helps it make more sense.


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