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Snack Time or Homework Help?

(Possible Warning Signs of a Struggling Student)
Is your child avoiding a specific subject matter during homework time, leaving it for the last minute, forgetting to do it, or forgetting to turn it in?

Watch your child when they do homework- what do you see?

It’sOK. if … She stands rather than sits to do the work.

It’snot OKif…. She stands to do the work and sharpens all 15 pencils, organizes and reorganizes the homework area, and then needs a snack before starting her homework.

It’sOKif… Your child takes a break after school to unwind before starting his homework.


If a child is struggling in school and a teacher says to give them extra time to practice in their toughest subject area, where can you find the extra time in a busy family schedule?

Finding the time to fit in extra help is a challenge itself. Where do we get that extra time or what do we give up in its place?

There is no one answer, no quick fix, or magic potions that will make the area of difficulty in school go away. Time and practice is what your child needs.

First, identify what type of help is needed.

Homework: Is it really that important?

Opinions vary if homework has positive effects on academic achievement. According to the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM: Homework-What the Research Says Brief).

Kids and parents sure could use a break during the evening hours and teachers could probably use the break from checking it, right?

Homework helps students prepare.  When students preview, review, or prepare by doing homework, they are ready for the next day’s lesson.

By reviewing and doing the math problems, your child becomes more comfortable with the materials presented in class.

Math Homeowork: Why Can't I just Use the Calculator?

In the age of technology is it still important for students to know their basic math facts?

Calculators and apps seem like an easier alternative. But would we say that reading is no longer essential because technology now provides us with software that can read things for us? Of course not!

Just as in reading, knowing your basics helps to propel you. Higher order math becomes nearly impossible without knowing basic math facts. Having basic math fact fluency is the same as being a fluent reader.

Is Your Child a Listener, an Artist, or Doer?

Did you know that you and your child each have a specific style when it comes to learning new information?

This is called your learning style. Your learning style has guided you in learning information                                        from grade school to grad school.

Learning style refers to the various ways you learn new information and figure things out.

Flashcard Frustration

Flash cards seem to be the go to tool of how to help your child in school before looking for a tutor.  But did you know that most parents use flash cards the wrong way? Sometimes flashcards can do more harm than good.

Parents buy flash cards at the store or receive a deck from their child’s teacher to help their child with a particular skill set: sight words, basic math facts, letter recognition, vocabulary words, etc. Once the cards are in the parents’ hands the hope and excitement of helping their child builds.

Baby Steps- For Homework Help

Struggles with homework?

Homework HelpThink back to when your little one was learning to walk-there was a whole big process that took place: holding his head up, turning over, sitting up, crawling, cruising, standing for brief moments of time, balancing, and then after lots of practice- the first step!  As he took the many steps that followed,   knowledge of what to do and his confidence grew.

In education scaffolding is used to help learn large or new amounts of information. Scaffolding helps students build confidence while learning something, new just like baby steps.

What Does a “Struggling Student” Look Like?

The term struggling student seems to come up often in conversations in the teacher’s lounge, the guidance counselor’s office, and in conversations with parents. But what does it mean, how can one get help for their child, and what does this help look like?

A struggling child may have:
  • Difficulties in reading skills (no matter how smart they are!)       
  • Trouble understanding concepts in math (no matter how smart they are!)
  • Great difficulties with organizational skills (no matter how smart they are!

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Why Reading Together Matters
Snack Time or Homework Help?
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