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Reinforce Learning

by Elizabeth Hamilton, M.Ed.

Here are some simple ideas that you can do at home to help your child become a more successful learner.

Reinforce Learning

  1. Be patient with your children. Learning cannot take place in a tense environment.

  2. Don't despair if your children make the same mistakes over and over again even though you've shown them how to do it correctly many times. Some some experts say that learning sometimes requires more than 15 repetitions before it is absorbed.

  3. Set the stage for good homework habits by providing a quiet, well lighted place for study.

  4. Make sure study material such as reference books, dictionaries, paper, pens, and pencils are readily available.

  5. Schedule home study on a regular basis. To succeed in school many children need a regular study time each night free of interruptions and distractions.

  6. If your children are not given homework assignments, scheduled study time can be used for review, reading for pleasure, or some type of family or learning activity.

  7. Provide your children with a notebook so that they and you will know what school assignments they have. This notebook will be a written record of all assignments they've had and can be used in the review and study of previous material.

  8. Monitor your children's progress by asking them about their latest test grades, how they are doing in school and what they find interesting.

  9. If you find out that your child is having academic or other problems in school, don't wait to be contacted by the teacher. Take the initiative by making an appointment to talk it over with the teacher. If you can't get to school, send a note asking the teacher to contact you by telephone.

  10. Set high expectations about school and education.

  11. Make sure that your child's attendance is excellent. If your child is absent frequently she looses out on important information and the presentation of new material.

  12. Talk to your children about school and encourage them to have a positive attitude about it.

  13. Let them know how important and valuable you think school is. Children are more likely to succeed if they view school as a worthwhile experience.

  14. Show an interest in your child's education by participating in their school activities.

  15. Encourage children to always do their best.


Elizabeth Hamilton, M.Ed. is an educational consultant specializing in early childhood and elementary education.(Preschool to sixth grade) Over the past 15 years, Elizabeth has provided information and advice to parents about early childhood and elementary level curriculum and instructional practices through her workshops, presentations, and curriculum development services.

Copyright 2001 Elizabeth Hamilton e-mail: hamilton@ite.net
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