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How to Make School Work for Your Child Not Against Them

Is your child having a hard time at school? Warning signs that they might be struggling academically include poor grades, spending too much time on homework or skipping homework, reluctance to go to school and sudden changes in behavior. If your child’s learning progress is falling behind, the problem may be the school and not your child. Read on to learn how you can make school work for your young student and not against them.

Communicate with Teachers

An important element of your child’s success in school is maintaining an open, positive relationship with their teachers. Don’t wait until conference time to have a teacher’s meeting if your child is having trouble in school. Call to schedule a visit so you can discuss your concerns. Remember to take notes and avoid being defensive. You and the teacher need to be on the same team in order to help your child.

Get an Assessment

One in five children in the United States has a learning disability like ADHD or dyslexia. School lessons targeted toward neuro-typical children don’t work for students with learning and thinking differences, which means it’s important to have your child evaluated so they can get the extra help they need. Start by speaking with your child’s school counselor or take them to a learning disabilities center. Your child may need a variety of tests from different specialists in order to isolate their needs.

Consider Homeschooling

Many children learn better outside of the classroom environment. Homeschooling is a great option for independent students to learn at their own pace, but parents often lack the time and resources to teach their children at home. New online high school options allow students to learn at home from qualified teachers, and many of these programs are available for free through your local school district.

Focus on Strengths

Students can become discouraged when the focus is on the subjects they struggle with. Boost their self-esteem by praising them for their strengths and allowing plenty of study time for their best subjects. Special tutoring or classes in subjects your child enjoys can encourage their love of learning.

Although school can seem like the most important thing in your child’s life, it’s important to have perspective. Some children learn better through real experiences than academics, and your child may be one of them. If your child isn’t academically inclined, encourage them to do their best but don’t put too much emphasis on school performance.

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