Home life and parental support both play a major role in a student’s academic success from kindergarten onward. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 82 and 89 percent of all public elementary schools provide information for parents to improve the learning environment of the home. Beyond taking advantage of these resources, parents can contribute to their child’s math skills with these four tips.
Identify Learning Barriers Early
In most cases, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders will be discovered in the classroom, but it’s best to spot them early if possible. If you have a concern, have your child see a psychologist who specializes in learning disorders to make sure he is up to speed with his age group and equipped for success at school. Conduct math-based educational activities at home as well so you can gain a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Talk About Testing
The U.S. Department of Education recommends introducing your child to testing at home before they encounter it at school. Be encouraging— children who feel confident about their math skills are more likely to do well on tests compared with those who are anxious about failing. Make sure your child has a quiet place to study throughout the week and enforce a healthy sleep schedule the night before the test. To get her off to a good start, make a nutritious breakfast before test day.