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By Meg Butler
“One size fits all” is a great philosophy for T-shirt manufacturers, but it doesn’t always work in schools. Teachers can’t give specialized attention to each student, and kids aren’t always given the tools they need to reach their potential. But that doesn’t have to happen to your child … because he has you. We’ve got a list of the tips and tricks that you can use to customize your child’s education and build a learning environment designed just for him.
See the Counselor
Pre-teach a Lesson
Take it Outside
Discover What He Loves
Let’s face it: Learning how to convert fractions into mixed numbers isn’t exactly thrilling for anyone. If school isn’t holding your child’s interest, rekindle his academic fire by exposing him to enjoyable learning experiences outside of school. Watch for online deals on art exhibits, law classes, tide pool explorations … the sky’s the limit! Exposing your kid to a range of experiential learning outings will help him find his passion—and see school as a vehicle to his dreams.
Take Back Gym Class
The childhood obesity epidemic combined with disappearing physical education programs is a recipe for disaster—but you have the final say in how much your kid sweats it out each week. Make a standing appointment a few days a week for a yoga class, community sports league or just a jog through town the whole family can enjoy.
Monitor His Progress
Newsflash: Most schools don’t teach everything in the curriculum—often to accommodate standardized test preparation. Download the year’s curriculum from your school district’s website, and keep track of what your kid is actually learning in class. If the teacher skips lessons on music or drama that you think are important, consider supplementing with an instrument instructor, or do it yourself by helping your budding thespian pen a play and recruit his pals to put on a performance for neighbors.
Scour the ‘Net
As a parent, you’re in the best possible position to give your kid a dynamic, personalized educational experience. All it takes is a few hours per week and a great attitude. The extra interaction alone will let him know that you care and drive him to work harder to keep your expectations high.
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