• Develop your teen's digital literacy

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/29/2023 7:00:00 AM

    The ability to evaluate online sources is an increasingly vital thinking skill for students. Encourage your teen to ask questions when reading anything online.
    Is the purpose of the website or post to sell products or opinions? Where do the "facts" come from? Even if a source is full of interesting information, suggest that your teen check out other sources.
    Comparing two or three sources side-by-side helps students discover the biases and limitations of each.

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  • Show that learning is a family priority

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/28/2023 7:00:00 AM

    When your teen is learning math or science that you don't know, you may wonder how to reinforce the learning.
    The best way is to create a family life where learning is valued. Encourage your teen to research and explore. Ask your student to explain schoolwork to you.
    If your teen is struggling, ask the teachers how you can help. Then reinforce the value of learning by showing respect for your teen's efforts and recognizing progress.

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  • Play a key role in your teen's learning this year

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/25/2023 7:00:00 AM

    The most influential teacher your teen will have in the new school year is you. To support school success, help your teen develop a game plan:
    When is your teen most alert for studying? How much sleep does your student need to be sharp in the morning? Together, figure out what enables your teen's best
    effort and stick to it. Then, show that learning is important by asking about it every day. And encourage your teen to pursue new interests. Mastering a new skill may
    inspire your student to tackle other challenges.

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  • 'Consult' with your teen about education

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/24/2023

    The responsibility for learning belongs to your teen. Now, instead of directing your student's education, think of yourself as more of a consultant.

    To support your teen, create an environment that promotes learning. Encourage your teen to set goals.
    Talk about things you've read lately and share interesting articles.

     And make it a point to discuss your own responsibilities and how you plan your time and effort to fulfill them.

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  • Set your teen up to start class well-rested

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/23/2023 7:00:00 AM

    Teens need at least eight hours of sleep a night. But many get far less. To help your teen wake up rested and on time, conduct a schedule review.
    If commitments and activities mean your teen doesn't start studying until 10 p.m., it's probably time to rearrange priorities. Help your teen stick to a regular sleep schedule, too.
    Catching up on sleep during the weekend only makes it harder to get up early on Monday morning.

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  • Demonstrate respect for your teen

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/22/2023 7:00:00 AM

    Often kids are not sure what respect actually looks like. Point out instances where respect is shown as a model for them.

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  • Start a tradition

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/21/2023 5:00:00 PM

    They may not admit it, but many teens are very sentimental. That's why they like family rituals.

    Special family times say "I love you" to your teen.
    You could write a letter every year on your teen's birthday and praise the person your teen is becoming.
    Or prepare a meal together one night a month. Try designating certain days for family activities, too, such as the day after Thanksgiving for a movie marathon.


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  • Reading for fun builds serious skills

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/19/2023 5:00:00 PM

    One effective way for your teen to prepare for the complex reading required in the upper grades is by reading things that are fun.
    The more teens read, the better and faster they read. To encourage pleasure reading, establish a family reading hour. Discuss your teen's interests, and help find
    books and articles about them. And if your teen wants to watch a movie that's based on a book, suggest reading the book first.

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  • Help keep your teen's online activities positive

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/18/2023 5:00:00 PM

    Online learning has become an important part of school life.
    But along with the benefits of screen activities come costs. Hours of gaming and goofing around online reduce your teen's time for reading, exercise and family.
    So, establish some digital boundaries. Help your teen set a cap on screen time that's unrelated to school or family projects or maintaining friendships.
    Discuss online safety and emphasize that nothing your teen posts is private.


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  • Remind your teen of the value of English class

    Posted by Versana Polidore on 8/17/2023 5:00:00 PM

    Sometimes, teens wonder why they need to take English classes if they already speak the language.
    Let your teen know that English classes are important because nearly every career requires strong communication skills.
    English class helps your teen improve grammar, build vocabulary, improve writing and build confidence when public speaking.
    And students get to read some great books, too!


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