9-to-5: Study Skills, Vocabulary Enrichment For Your School-Age Child

It’s hard to believe that the school year’s first quarter is behind us. With the end of the quarter comes the year’s first report card, and with the first report card comes Parent/Teacher Conference Day.

CMDS 5th & 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher Julie Reynolds

We look forward to welcoming all of our parents to campus Thursday. Your child’s teacher will be ready and willing to answer all your questions, and give you a quick update on how the school year is progressing.

One question so many of our teachers get is, ‘How can I help my children with their homework?’ There are lots of ways parents can help school-age children with their homework and study skills without actually doing the work for them. (A big no-no!)

CMDS 5th and 6th grade Language Arts teacher Julie Reynolds compiled these two lists to help parents answer that very question. Here are nine homework and study skills and five vocabulary enrichment pointers from Mrs. Reynolds.

9 Study Skills, Homework Tips for Parents and Student
  1. Agree on a regular, scheduled time each day for homework, and stick to the schedule. (It may be a different time each day so write it on a schedule.)
  2. Even if there is no written homework, take time each day to review concepts learned that day.
  3. Students can become the teacher. Teach your parents what you learned that day. You may want to give them a quiz or homework.
  4. Learn from mistakes. Review graded papers each week and try to figure out what went wrong and correct it or do more examples.
  5. Schedule time for a big assignment such as a book report, science fair or special project. Break these assignments down into smaller parts. Waiting until the last minute will be stressful and cause mistakes.
  6. Study in a work-like environment. Not in front of the TV or on the couch.
  7. Make sure folders are neat and organized. Throw away unneeded items after a test or project is complete. Keep important handouts in the brads of folders and keep all materials for each subject in the folder where they belong. Parents can check folders every once in a while to make sure they are neat.
  8. Write all assignments in assignment book. Parents can check that this is being done periodically.
  9. Limit television and video games. These can become very time consuming and take the place of studying/homework/reading.
5 Tips for Improving Vocabulary and Spelling
  1. Talk to your children as much as possible, and engage them in conversation using new words.
  2. Listen and correct improper grammar or word usage. Try to explain the misconception.
  3. Read to your children, especially if they are reluctant readers. Just exposing them to vocabulary will improve theirs.
  4. Place a word of the day or week on the refrigerator. Challenge your children to use it and to find synonyms and antonyms for the word.
  5. Play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle and crossword puzzles.

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