50 Ways to Increase your Child's Learning

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Play Learning Games.
During waiting time, carpool and other down times, be ready with a mind game to stimulate your child's thinking. "Twenty Questions", "Categories" and "I Spy" teach categorization skills and strategy. Beginning at the earliest of ages, watch your child develop an understanding of the way things work, concepts and characteristics of the objects around him.

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Set Reasonable Goals.
To a child, increasing a grade from a C to an A seems like an impossibility. Help your child set a reasonable goal in each subject each quarter. Define study responsibilities. Have your child keep a record of number of minutes to study each night and praise your student for daily effort. You'll both see improvement.
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Answer Their Questions.
Learning doesn't stop at 3 p.m. Make questions into a learning experience. If you don't know the answer to your child's questions, go to a source: a reference book. When you are planning a trip, do a little homework first. Together find out about the history of the area. List interesting sites to see and find out why the place is significant.

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Make Mathematics Real.
When your child has word problems that duplicate real life situations, get out the real tools. Measure the square footage of your living room.
Make Math Real
Calculate how long it will take to get to Grandma's if you go at the speed limit. Grounding math in real life helps your child understand the principles and the reasons for learning.

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