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Stay involved. The thought of attending another school carnival or auction may make you a bit nauseous, but these events are actually important for your child. You will get to know other parents and teachers and create connections that will be useful. Seeing your child outside of school will also help the teacher get to know him or her better than in the large classroom setting. Talking with the other parents will help you understand what is happening in the classroom (i.e. if everyone is lost or if your child just needs extra help). It is also vital that you attend every teacher conference that’s offered, and that you reach out to the teacher when you need to. Talk to the teacher about your concerns and ask for ways to help your child succeed.
Volunteer. If you want to help your child get more personal attention in school, the best way to do that is to open up time for that to happen. Many teachers use volunteers for one-on-one time during reading and math — so the students can focus and ask questions. Some teachers may ask you to help administer spelling tests or simple assessments so their time can be opened up for students. Any bit of time is helpful.
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Set up your child for success. Work with your child at home on finding how they learn best. Is your child able to focus better if he or she has a spin ring to keep their hands busy? Does your child need to ask the teacher to sit closer to the front to be less distracted? Does he or she need extra protein in their lunch or to go to bed earlier to stay focused throughout the day?
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Help them with their homework. Even if they can do it on their own, check it over with them to make sure it is correct, be available to answer questions or to listen to them read their essay, and ask how they completed a certain math problem. It shows them that you are a resource they can go to if needed. You also will keep up to date with what they are learning so you can ask the teacher for guidance. If their work suddenly takes a drastic nosedive, it may be an indicator that something is wrong — either academically or socially.
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