50 Ways to Increase your Child's Learning

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Read at Bedtime.
Design a bedtime routine that includes a winding-down activity, some reading time and a few quiet minutes with mom or dad to talk about the day's events before turning out the light. You'll build a love of reading, open the doors to communication and you will also help your child rest easier.

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Plan & Organize.
Mark a calendar with the due date for a special project, report or test. Help your child break the task into manageable parts and mark a completion date on the calendar for each task.
Plan & Organize   
Praise progress as your child counts down to completion.
 
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Share Plans.
At regular family meetings, be a role model by talking about your plans, how you will get everything accomplished and meet your deadlines for the week. Help your child plan for extracurricular activities and family commitments that interrupt study schedules.

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Keep a Reading Record.
You can motivate your child by making a bar graph that has the days of the week across the horizontal axis and number of pages read on the vertical axis. Have your child set a goal for the number of pages she plans to read in a favorite book each evening and mark a horizontal line across the graph at that point. Teach your child how to mark the graph each evening after reading time. Watch the pages grow and your child's face glow when you praise her progress.

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