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A Good Night of Zzz's

posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:38 AM by IT Admin

Your child may find his first encounter with a standardized or "big" test nervewracking, but there's no need for either of you to panic. A little bit of background information and a few important tips can help ease those test-taking jitters.

Tips from Bradford, age 9, 4th grade
  • Do your homework -- you do better on tests when you do your homework.
  • Eat blue M&M's before the quiz -- this brings good luck and makes you smarter.
  • Take a deep breath, relax, and think, "I can do this" while taking the test.
Tips from Taylor, age 10, 5th grade
  • Study the day before the test so you don't forget everything.
  • Don't get too nervous because tests usually aren't as hard as you think.
Tips from Damian, age 13, 8th grade
  • Plan a definite study time.
  • When you have a lot of other homework, study for the test FIRST -- it's most important.
  • Don't get too worried about every test.
  • Don't wait to learn everything until five minutes before the test.
  • Look at the review sections at the ends of the chapters in the books -- they're really helpful.
  • If the teacher gives you a study guide, consider it a gift and use it.
Tips from Barbara Callaghan, Teacher
Before the test:
  • Get a good night's sleep, and eat a wholesome breakfast.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Be on time to school.
  • Have all necessary materials (pen, pencil, calculator, etc.).
  • Avoid stressful situations prior to testing.
During the test:
  • Listen to and read instructions carefully. Make sure you understand them.
  • If you have a question, ASK. Other kids probably have the same question.
  • Answer questions completely and with detail.
  • Check to be sure you haven’t skipped anything, and proofread your answers.
  • Don’t let other test-takers distract you. It doesn’t matter who finishes first.
  • If you finish early, go back and proof your answers again. But don't change anything unless you’re sure. Studies show that the first answer you choose is usually the right one!
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Organization: Advice for Parents

posted Oct 10, 2011, 10:30 AM by IT Admin   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 10:39 AM ]

Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in school and in life. Although some people by nature are more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in place to help a child "get it together." Here's a list of strategies that you can use to help your child get -- and keep -- his life under control.
  1. Use checklists.
    Help your child get into the habit of keeping a "to-do" list. Use checklists to post assignments, household chores, and reminders about what materials to bring to class. Your child should keep a small pad or notebook dedicated to listing homework assignments. Crossing completed items off the list will give him a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Organize homework assignments.
    Before beginning a homework session, encourage your child to number assignments in the order in which they should be done. She should start with one that's not too long or difficult, but avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments for last.
  3. Designate a study space.
    Your child should study in the same place every night. This doesn't have to be a bedroom, but it should be a quiet place with few distractions. All school supplies and materials should be nearby. If your young child wants to study with you nearby, too, you'll be better able to monitor his progress and encourage good study habits.
  4. Set a designated study time.
    Your child should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework. The best time is usually not right after school -- most children benefit from time to unwind first. Include your child in making this decision. Even if she doesn't have homework, the reserved time should be used to review the day's lessons, read for pleasure, or work on an upcoming project.
  5. Keep organized notebooks.
    Help your child keep track of papers by organizing them in a binder or notebook. This will help him review the material for each day's classes and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes. Use dividers to separate class notes, or color-code notebooks. Separate "to do" and "done" folders help organize worksheets, notices, and items to be signed by parents, as well as provide a central place to store completed assignments.
  6. Conduct a weekly clean-up.
    Encourage your child to sort through book bags and notebooks on a weekly basis. Old tests and papers should be organized and kept in a separate file at home.
  7. Create a household schedule.
    Try to establish and stick to a regular dinnertime and a regular bedtime. This will help your child fall into a pattern at home. Children with a regular bedtime go to school well-rested. Try to limit television-watching and computer play to specific periods of time during the day.
  8. Keep a master calendar.
    Keep a large, wall-sized calendar for the household that lists the family's commitments, schedules for extracurricular activities, days off from school, and major events at home and at school. Note dates when your child has big exams or due dates for projects. This will help family members keep track of each other's activities and avoid scheduling conflicts.
  9. Prepare for the day ahead.
    Before your child goes to bed, he should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag. The next day's clothes should be laid out with shoes, socks, and accessories. This will cut down on morning confusion and allow your child to prepare quickly for the day ahead.
  10. Provide needed support while your child is learning to become more organized.
    Help your child develop organizational skills by photocopying checklists and schedules and taping them to the refrigerator. Gently remind her about filling in calendar dates and keeping papers and materials organized. Most important, set a good example.

Adapted from "Tips for Developing Organizational Skills in Children" by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD). Call 1-888-478-6463 for important resources and information about learning disabilities.

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