From Magic City Morning Star|
Marc Lapointe, founder of an education consulting firm, former teacher, and parent has written a book called: "Standing in the Education Gap: A Commonsense Approach to Helping Your Child Succeed in School" because he wants to lend fellow parents a hand when it comes to enhancing the quality of their children's education. According to Mr. Lapointe:
You can read a free chapter of the book at Acumen Education.ca
Since many kids will (or already have) receive their report cards the Christmas break can be used as a "reboot" for families. In other words, it isn't too late for a struggling student to experience real improvement in his/her grades. However, this "reboot" involves more than just good intentions and determination.
While the holidays should be a time to relax it doesn't mean that students should break completely from their studies. Parents should maintain a daily routine that involves having their child doing something that is related to their academics. This does NOT mean a student should be engaged in hours of review or homework each day. Thirty minutes each day is often enough.
Report cards can often be very vague. Before a child breaks for the holidays parents should schedule a meeting with the teacher, write down the specific questions they have, and get some tangible guidance from the teacher. More specifically, ask what can be done over the holiday break.
Take time to sit with your child to do a "term in review". In other words, take an honest and careful look back at the term and discuss concerns and collaborate on solutions. Sometimes it helps to make a child a part of this process and have her "buy-in" to the idea that some of the holiday time will be devoted to academic review. It's important to mention that, even if a child doesn't show much enthusiasm or expresses complete "buy-in", it shouldn't change the fact that a daily academic routine will be initiated.
If parents haven't done so already -- teach study and organization skills. If they have -- reinforce them. Many kids start off the school year with the best of intentions and then, by the time October or November come around, they fall back into poor work habits. Schools rarely, if ever, teach practical study and organization skills and keep kids accountable so parents should always be vigilant. The holiday break can be a great opportunity to teach these essential skills since, typically, families are together and parents can devote more time to working with their children.
Standing in the Education Gap: A Commonsense Approach to Helping Your Child Succeed in School can be purchased from www.amazon.com and through all major booksellers
Hardcover: 258 pages
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