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Ways to Develop Good Study Habits for Elementary School Students.

Helping students develop good study skills from an early age contributes to building a strong educational foundation. Building strong study habits helps study skills become an integral component of a student’s educational foundation which leads to a more confident, happy, and motivated learner. It is important for parents to begin building good study habits in their child early as these skills become an integral component to continuing academic success and encourage a student’s eagerness for learning.

When helping an elementary grade student, there are many things you can do to promote good study habits regardless of your child's age. More importantly, it is never too late to start or to reintroduce study skill building for students of any age.

Start early - Young students love the interaction and accomplishments that they get to share with their parents. You as parents can participate in a variety of different academic activities that contribute to strong study skills as your child gets older. The activities could include reading together, solving puzzles, counting, and painting. Your child will enjoy the time together which would make it feel like play time while building foundational learning skills that will impact future achievement. Literacy is the foundation of learning and is the most essential building block in a child’s education. Having parents join in the reading process shows that it’s not only an academic and life skill but that it also is a lot of fun. If you find that your child is a reluctant reader, try to help him or her find books that pertain to something they like. A librarian is a great resource who can help even the most reluctant reader to find something that they like. Fresno county libraries also provide access to books, e-books, magazines, and audiobooks. If you find that your child is struggling to read, try introducing earlier levels to help facilitate the enjoyment of reading and have an easier progression to higher levels. Fluency is an important reading skill to keep in mind. Fluency is the ability to read quickly, smoothly, and correctly. Fluent readers recognize words instantly and do not need to sound out letters as they read. Students who sound out every word in the same tone often feel exhausted after reading longer passages or paragraphs. Parents can help model fluent reading by reading aloud with your child. Encourage them to mimic your inflection and match your speed. This will also help them to pay attention to punctuation.

For children who have difficulty decoding in phonics skills, speak with your child’s school teacher to see how they could help, or have an academic evaluation from an accredited learning center to see if your child needs targeted help with learning phonics. Students who struggle with decoding in their reading skills in earlier grades with no remedial help often continue to struggle and could get disheartened by their constant struggle with reading and material retention. Your child’s teachers will very likely be following the new Common Core Standards for reading. These standards encourage critical thinking while reading. For example, your child’s class may be assigned two stories on the same topic. They will be asked to compare how the two authors approach the topic. Was one author trying to inform and the other persuade? Did one use humor while the other used adventure? If you can create similar types of reading opportunities, your child will be ahead of the game for this kind of classroom activity. Also, making reading a part of everyday life at home will continue to build and show readers of all ages, including us adults, that reading is one of life’s great past-times.

Build Strong Homework Habits - Children could start receiving homework as early as Kindergarten or First Grade. It is helpful to devise a consistent routine for completing the homework on a daily basis or if they have no homework, to use that time to read together. If your child’s teacher is not assigning homework, speak with them as to how you could work together to ensure that your child has activities they could do for study time. Your child may get a teacher the next year that has a different view and expectations which change the routine they are used to.

Select a quiet, well-lit, clutter-free area of your home that can be dedicated to homework. It is important for parents to start setting schoolwork expectations, making sure the routine is consistently followed and meeting your child's needs. The child who consistently does homework will perform better academically than a child who does not. Doing homework teaches your child responsibility with the added benefit of helping with time management, developing study habits, and staying on task through completion. Parents should always keep in mind that homework is practice, and the more a parent helps their child understand that homework is their responsibility, the more prepared they will be for future educational success. At Huntington, we believe that homework is a critical part of a child’s learning experience. It helps the student learn self-discipline and organization skills. Furthermore, it reinforces what the students learn in the classroom. By doing this, you will help your child see the importance of understanding the entire chapter or assignment, instead of just learning the study-guide the teacher has assigned for homework.

Homework Struggles – Students who have built a strong foundation of study skills have found that they are able to retain and understand the material of more rigorous courses later in life. When a student’s educational foundation has areas of difficulty, such as not fully understanding or retaining the skills learnt, they continue to struggle through their educational careers. Each new grade brings higher expectations of school work, performance, and retained skills. Homework starts becoming harder and they start falling behind.
That is why many parents later face homework battles and end up bargaining, nagging, arguing, or sometimes just skipping the issue. The children complain, procrastinate, or cry. Your child may find homework frustrating or pointless, therefore resisting it on a nightly basis. He or she may be tired after a long day at school and extracurricular activities. He might complain, procrastinate, rush through it, or just skip homework altogether. So, as parents, we try to intervene…by bargaining, nagging, and arguing. This creates the homework battle that many parents are familiar with or could face. Academic struggles could happen at any grade or age for a variety of different reasons. For example, a student could have good grades but is spending an inordinate amount of time accomplishing that task. That could be a sign that your child is trying to overcompensate by working harder and longer on the assigned work. As the work gets harder and the grade level gets higher, they become frustrated as the rewards of accomplishing assigned tasks get diminished.

When faced with homework struggles, the 3 C’s are Huntington’s framework of encouragement that teach children to be independent, goal-oriented, and confident. They are Care, Concern, & Communication. Parents need to remember that constantly and consistently using the three C’s can help to bring clarity as to why your child is struggling. As a parent, you care and do not want to see your child struggle. You are concerned about your child’s schoolwork, welfare, and future. Lastly, parents and students need to communicate, Your child should be able to come to you with their concerns or difficulties. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. Help them identify their strengths and weaknesses. Talk together on how they can address these weak areas, what can they do, what resources they would need to accomplish those steps, what goals they would like to set. Help them put together a simple plan that evolves over time to help address their assigned study and homework. Help them set an organization system to keep track of all of their materials. If your child gets overwhelmed and does not know where to start, parents can help them to re-review the work to be done and help them follow the above mentioned guidelines.

At Huntington, we encourage students to take small steps on more difficult material. The idea behind this is to build on the students' first successes, so we can achieve success with more challenging undertakings. For example, help them identify the best way to “chunk” assignments step by step. Parents could say, “Maybe if we break down tonight’s homework into a few steps or “chunks”, it won’t feel so overwhelming. We can also talk with your teacher to get her support and ideas on how to make homework a bit more manageable.”
Both the National Education Association and the Parent Teacher Association endorse a “10‐minute rule” for homework, which means that a child should spend 10 minutes on homework for each grade they are in. For example, a first grader should have approximately 10 minutes of homework a night. A fifth grader would have no more than 50 minutes of homework each night.

And of course, this requires effort. Your child must strive to achieve the goals he or she sets. Just as they must practice to become proficient at a certain sport or an instrument, they must put forth effort to do well in school. Homework is a big part of that effort.

Fostering Independence – As a child gets older, parents should implement a gradual increase of responsibility. Over time you should expect your child to take more responsibility for homework and studying. Supervise your child and ensure the work is done correctly, mistakes are rectified, and the assignment's objectives are met. If you notice difficulty with the assigned work, do meet with the school teacher to see what additional resources you could use to help resolve any issues to keep learning as a positive experience. Help your child start a planner and add due dates to an electronic calendar. Seeing all of their projects, exams, and assignments in one comprehensive calendar allows them to plan ahead and not miss deadlines. Free sites (such as Google) not only include document management, but can also support family calendars and event notifications. Make sure from early-on that you encourage your child to stay disconnected from distractions during their study time. Many older students today in this connected digital world are listening to music while studying and checking in on Facebook or Twitter. These activities may not seem time consuming, but the distractions quickly add up. Keep these bad habits from developing in your children by consistently following the 3-C’s – Care, Concern, and Communication.

Helping Children Identify Resources - Parents are the first trusted resource for your child. As they learn to take responsibility for their homework, you may notice them getting confused or overwhelmed. Help them re-read their assignments and see if you can help them resolve their difficulty by helping them understand the different steps they could use to answer it. Do let the teacher know and encourage your child to talk to their teachers about any struggles with homework they might face. This helps maintain strong study skills and encourages your child to be willing to look for alternate resources. There are good reasons for caution when using Web based information as they could showcase material that has not been tested for validity or bias. A good place to start is the Association for Library Services to Children (http://gws.ala.org), which has created an online site of “Great Web Sites for Kids.” Your child’s teacher may also have a list of recommended sites. Bookmark these sites for later easy access.

Making It a Priority - Families today live in a very interactive and busy world. Parents and students have work, school, and activity schedules to manage with family and household priorities to balance. Do not let homework and the development of strong study skills take a backseat to other commitments. Make sure that your child's homework and studying remain a priority, even during your family's busiest times. If there is a significant change to your family's routine or schedule, find ways to adjust the dedicated study times. Many schools now have internet student portals that help parents keep updated on the assignments, exams, and classroom expectations, making it easy to know what assignments are being turned in on time and what assignments are missing. Talk to your child's teacher about any concerns you have or for additional ways to help your child.

Plan on Getting Extra Help - For students who have struggled in the current school year, summer is a great time to build and improve on weaker areas. It would be a good time to investigate accredited supplemental education services for your child. Continuing with tutoring in summer helps maintain newly acquired skills from their school year and avoids summer slide where students may struggle to maintain knowledge and skills that were learned. It also helps make the progression to the new school year easier. Huntington Learning Center is the nation’s longest-running supplemental education services provider. Today they continue to be an industry leader, providing instruction in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, mathematics, and study skills as well as subject tutoring and SAT and ACT preparation to tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Huntington Learning Center in Fresno is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

See our informative videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfK4IhAXyv12jXlf5dmqc8w?

And one final reminder: the link between school and home begins with you. Every day, convey your commitment to your child’s success and your family’s commitment to school being a top priority. Be a part of your child’s education not only by going over homework assignments, but also by talking with your child about school.

Jay Mistry –(Center Director) - Huntington Learning Center
1050 E Perrin Ave. Fresno CA 93720
(559) 434-2010

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