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01/07/2016
We all wish our children the best of academic success, but it can be much more difficult to see results. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help your child succeed. Here are some tips for improving your child's concentration and encouraging reading and math.

Helping Your Child Concentrate in Keizer

If your child is having difficulties focusing at school or on homework, it is easy to start worrying about ADHD. ADHD is a serious condition, but it may not be the problem. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your child has the environment and tools necessary to concentrate.

Bare Necessities Help Focus Attention

When you are hungry or tired or both, it is nearly impossible to concentrate. Make sure that your child gets the sleep and nutrition she needs for a full day. Eight hours of sleep and three or more meals and snacks per day should be enough. Once you have these bases covered, you can focus yourself on other aspects of your child's concentration issues.

Reduce Clutter to Avoid Distractions

If your child's work area is crowded with toys, papers, and books, it is difficult to focus on a task at hand. Remove these easy distractions by keeping a clean and clear work space for your child to focus.

Make Learning Fun

When not engaged, your child will seek and find any excuse for distraction. Perhaps your child is bored by the learning material, in which case you will need to make it fun. Find a computer game or activities that teach the concepts in question. Teaching your child to use an abacus or soroban can help make math more fun.

Break Up the Monotony

Do not expect your child to complete all her homework in one sitting. Break it up into 20-30 minute segments with a timeout in between each one. Let your child play a game or run around a bit during the breaks so that her juices get flowing again.

Encouraging Your Child to Read in Keizer

A child who loves reading will read more, so the key is to ignite and nurture that flame. Teach your child that reading is an enjoyable experience. Ideally, you will start when the child is still an infant, but if you are getting a late start on your school-age child, here is some advice.

Be the Role Model Reader

Your child will imitate your behavior, even unconsciously. Show her that you read and love reading, and she will follow suit.

Build a Home Library

Any reading material is helpful, and you should keep a wide variety at your home. A child who reads at home will do better in school, so it is at the house that you need to focus on building a love for reading. Start your library with books, magazines, and even posters in topics your child loves. Having a quality collection of reference materials is advisable- a dictionary, thesaurus, and an encyclopedia (even if online). Encourage your child to consult these references whenever she asks a question, especially if you do not know the answer. Look it up with her and show her how much fun you have learning something new as well.

More Books and Less TV

Establish a daily reading time, even if it is just 15 minutes long. And discourage watching TV or playing video games. Create a system of rewards. When your child completes a book and gives you an adequate report on it, she receives a certain number of tickets that she can cash in for TV/video game time. Any tickets left at the end of the month, she can exchange for cash. You may be surprised at how quickly your child turns from entertainment to learning.

For Tutoring in Keizer

A great way to encourage reading is one-to-one tutoring. Call The Tutoring Center in Keizer at (971) 600-3288 today to schedule a free diagnostic assessment. Learn more about our programs in math, reading, writing, and test prep from our website.

Encouraging Your Child to Love Math in Keizer

As technology becomes ubiquitous in every aspect of our society, the importance of math has increased exponentially. Unfortunately, many children (and adults) remain frightened by math. Keep your child from falling into the trap by starting now to encourage a love of math with these tips.

Math is Everywhere

Show your child that math is everywhere, and take advantage of every situation for your child to practice her math skills. Ask your child to keep track of the price of each item on a shopping list and to estimate the final bill. When you pay, ask her to calculate how much change you get back. If she is right, let her keep the change. Have her apportion a cake into equal slices for the whole family, which will introduce the concept of fractions. Showing that math is useful in everyday situations will start your child thinking mathematically about the world around her.

Use Math Games

Children love games, and there are plenty of games that teach math. Board games, computer games, and apps abound. Math vs Zombies is a fun example. Play with your child to show how much fun you are having too.

Start with Easy Math

Many students are dissuaded from math because they think it is hard. Start out easy so your child realizes that she can do it. Create a system of levels, like a video game, that your child will achieve upon mastering each concept. She will feel the prowess growing within her, and gain the confidence to tackle more complicated problems. Always give praise and appreciation, even when your child falls short. Words of praise and rewards for success will encourage more of the same behavior.

For Tutoring in Keizer

A private tutor can also help light an interest in math. Call The Tutoring Center in Keizer at (971) 600-3288 to schedule a free diagnostic assessment today. Visit us online to learn more about our one-to-one tutoring programs tailored to your child's needs in math, reading, writing, test prep, and more.

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