|Study Tips for Elementary Students|
Create a good learning environment at home. Set aside a special place for studying free of distractions such as family activities, the radio, TV or stereo.
Schedule a standard study time so that it will become part of your childs regular routine.
Meet your childs teacher through personal conferences or telephone calls. Attend school activities such as Open House and PTA meetings.
Keep on track: Ask the teacher to provide you with a schedule of upcoming homework assignments and due dates.
If your child seems to be struggling, ask the teacher about ways you can help your child. Find out if there are special activities you can do with your child at home. Remember, the school staff wants your child to succeed.
Reading: Get a library card; read and discuss a variety of materials with and to your child every day. Get books and magazines they will enjoy; discuss stories together. This enhances reading skills and reading comprehension.
Ask questions after reading a story that encourages your child to compare, contrast and evaluate. For example, read a story about frogs and ask: What are some of the differences between a frog and a cat? A frog and a fly? A frog and a snake? For Texas History, ask how Texas became an independent country.
Vocabulary: Ask the meaning of a new word or explain the meaning of one to your child. What is the opposite (antonym) of this word? What word is the same as (synonym) this word?
Discuss, compare, evaluate: Reward your child by selecting certain TV shows and movies to watch together and then discuss, compare and evaluate the show together. For example, why was it a good show? Describe the costume or animal in the show. Was this a better movie than the last one you saw together and why?
Math: Relate math concepts to everyday life. For example talk about building things with blocks and count, add, multiply them together; use math skills while shopping together; when traveling, discuss distances, miles per hour and other math problems, etc. Have your child help when you are cooking and explore new recipes that require your child to measure out ingredients. For multiplication practice, go to MULTIPLICATION.COM
Writing: Children need to write, write, write. Encourage them to have a journal and/or diary. Look over their writing assignments, check for errors and discuss how to improve it.
Science: Start a garden together. Visit museums. Explore, ask questions and do experiments at home to strengthen your childs science process skills.
Organize concepts and topics graphically. For example, in U.S. History, the core of the graph would depict the main topic (Growth of Democracy in America). The spokes could be the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution. These graphic organizerscan be used in reading stories, organizing their writing topics, etc.
Have fun together: Board games are an enjoyable way to improve both reading and math skills while building strong family ties.
Communicate: Dont be afraid to ask your child questions. Ask to see test scores, homework and school agenda so you can stay informed. Most importantly, STAY INVOLVED! Don't wait until the end of a grading period to start asking questions. Talk to your child's teacher and keep an open, friendly relationship. Your child will be happier and more successful.