- Spend a few minutes every evening looking over handouts your youngster brings home. Fill out forms to return the next day.
- Tell your child's teachers if you can help them out at school or home.
- Make sure teachers know you appreciate their efforts. From time to time, send a thank-you note or an email.
- Contact your youngsters teacher immediately if you see a problem. Working together will help your child succeed.
- Attend conferences, parent meetings, and school events regularly.
Standardized Tests: Choose To Do Well
1. Explain that the tests will show how much he has learned. Encourage him to try his best, but don’t put so much emphasis on them that he feels stressed.
2. Practice the test format. For example, you child might have to read a paragraph and answer questions. Using one of his textbooks, have him look at the questions at the end of a section first and then read the passage. That will help him know what to read for and how to find the answers.
3. Limit activities the night before tests. You may want to avoid having guests for diner or skip his brother’s baseball game if it means being out late. Be sure your child gets to bed on time and sets an alarm for the next morning.
4. On test day, give him an energy boosting breakfast. Try to include both protein (eggs, yogurt, milk) and carbohydrates (fruit, oatmeal, toast).