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6 Tips to Help Your Child Get Good Grades

Even if your student did not excel during the previous school year, fear not. Mighty Mommy has six tips to help your child get back on track and get good grades this year.

By
Cheryl Butler,
August 29, 2016
Episode #393

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A brand new school year offers endless opportunities for students to sharpen their #2 pencils and start fresh. There may be a new social scene, a host of different teachers, clubs, and sports to investigate, and the opportunity to really enjoy learning, which ultimately results in good grades.

Even if your student did not excel during the previous school year, fear not, Mighty Mommy has 6 tips to help your child get on track right from the get-go and get her best grades ever this year.

Tip #1: Create a Quiet Place to Study

Give your child a quiet place to study, free of distractions, away from TV and video games. In our house, our dining room is used as a multi-purpose study/craft room because most of our meals are enjoyed around our kitchen island.  We always have their "go-to" supplies such as pencils, markers and crayons, computer paper, a stapler, construction paper, calculators, rulers, and any other study items that they use routinely on hand. This saves a lot of wasted time searching for supplies. Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with her regularly to make sure she's not feeling overloaded.

See Also: Organizing Tips for Tackling Homework

Tip #2: After School Routines

The after school routine can actually be one of the trickiest parts of the day, especially when your kids become a bit older and start getting involved in numerous extracurricular activities that don’t leave them with much homework or leisure time. It’s also a bit more difficult, though certainly not impossible, to oversee a routine if you are working full time and your child goes to after school daycare or has a babysitter.

Depending on your children’s ages, you will need to make sure they have time to decompress when they get home from school. This can include having a nutritious snack, playing with friends in the neighborhood, riding their bikes, or even watching a bit of TV. 

At our home, our elementary school-aged children have a different afternoon routine than our middle school and high school kids. Regardless of whether I am home in the afternoon or they have a babysitter, the routine is the same. The younger kids get off the bus, come in and put backpacks and lunch boxes in their proper places, eat a snack, and have an hour or so of play time. We eat dinner at 6 PM each night, so they start homework by 5:15 PM and it’s completed (hopefully) before dinner.

Our middle and high school kids usually have afterschool sports/activities so they come home right before PM, put their things away, wash up and eat dinner, and then do their daily chores, such as putting laundry away or taking out the garbage. Then it’s homework time, showers, getting backpacks and outfits ready for the following day, and if there is free time after that, they can chill out with some TV or an activity of their choice.

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