Parents Helping Out At Home

How to help at home!

We are often asked by parents the question, "How can we help at home?" Here are some suggestions which we feel will help your child in school.

1) Show a genuine interest in your child's experience in school and check his/her accomplishments. A good way to do this is to look at all the papers your child brings home.
2) Speak positively about Pisgah and your child's teacher. Check both sides of the story before blaming the school for an unhappy accident.
3) Encourage reading. Read aloud to your child every day when they are small, and read together when they are older.
4) Make sure that your child has his/her homework.
5) Be sure your child gets enough sleep and nutritious meals.
6) Follow through with suggestions from your child's teacher.
7) Continually stress to your child the importance of school and set high educational expectations for your child.
8) Respond to queries from your school.

How to help them STUDY when they enter the 3rd and 4th Grade

Here are the tools you need to empower your child to take ownership of what she records during class. Bear in mind that all kids need not copy down the same information. Most people assume that the purpose of taking notes is for the student to record in an abbreviated way what took place during a class period. In other words, kids need to get down the main themes, some sub-themes, and some details, like a reporter might record the facts of a story.

Good Study Habits

  • take notes as he's reading a chapter
  • learn to skim material
  • learn to study tables and charts
  • learn to summarize what he has read in his own words
  • learn to make his own flashcards for quick review of dates, formulas, spelling word
    • Decide what you want to cover during your study time.
    • Find a quiet place to study and stay focused. Watching television while you are trying to study is not a good idea.
    • Take a short break when needed.
    • Allow more study time for harder subjects.
    • Keep a dictionary, ruler, pencils, erasers, paper, note cards, and a highlighter handy.
  • Tips for Note Taking

    • Pay extra attention and take notes when your teacher says:
      • "Listen to what I am saying."
      • "This is important."
      • "Let's go over this again."
      • "Don't forget this."
      • "This will be on the test." (When you hear this, write "T" in the margin of your notes and circle it.)
    • Ask questions about things you don't understand.
    • Keep notes neat and organized. Write on a full sheet of paper with the subject and date at the top.
    • Write down what your teacher writes on the board or the overhead projector.
    • Try not to fall behind. If you miss class, get notes and do make-up work as soon as possible.

    Tips for Test Taking

    • Listen closely to directions from your teacher.
    • Carefully read all directions on the test before you begin.
    • Answer the questions you know first; save the hardest questions for last.
    • On some tests you must choose from several answers. If you don't know the answer, cross out the ones you know are wrong. Carefully think about the correct answer. If you're not sure, make a logical guess.
    • Read true/false statements carefully. If any part of the statement is not true, the answer is false.
    • Mark questions you need to come back to later.
    • Use all the time allowed. Re-read the directions and check over your answers.
    Flashcards work well when you need to memorize information. Flashcards work well for: vocabulary lists, dates and events in history, famous people, math formulas, math facts and terms, and science facts and terms.