Friday, October 25, 2013

Avoiding Homework Headaches

Brittany Jimenez, RN
             From the desk of
       Brittany Jimenez, RN

The kids are back in school. The homework and projects have begun.  HELP!!

Here are a few ways that parents can help their children to develop good study skills and have a successful school year!

  • Talk to your child’s teacher before a problem arises. A quick email to your child’s teacher can be informative- are there any upcoming assignments or projects due? Is my child paying attention in class and turning in assignments on time? Does my child need extra help? Creating a team approach between home and school promotes success and offers support to both your child and their teacher.

  • Many school districts offer websites that the parent can check for upcoming assignments, grades received, school activities, and resources that are available to students and families.

  • Family life can be very busy. Parents are constantly on the go between commuting to and from work and transporting children between school and extra curricular activities. This is why it is so important to limit distractions and set up specific times and places in the home where homework needs to be worked on and completed. Turning off the television, limiting computer and video game time, and putting iPods and cell phones away during studying hours is key to retaining and learning the material needed for success in the classroom.

  • We all need a balanced and nutritious diet to be engaged and focused throughout the day. Making sure that your child is feed a nutritious breakfast and a healthy snack after school can help them to stay focused and gives their body and brain the fuel it needs for learning. Eggs, oatmeal, Canadian bacon, smoothies are all great options in the morning. After school, have snack-foods like cut up veggies and fruits, plain popcorn, and cheese sticks available at home. Offer milk and water, instead of sugary drinks.

  • Getting adequate sleep! Who doesn’t need more sleep? Children often are overtired and this can lead to behavior and attention problems at home and at school. Below is a chart from the National Sleep Foundation. Please see their website for further reading at:
                                 How Much Sleep Do You Really Need

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