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Ways you can help
Your child is currently participating in the Kiwanis Kids academic achievement program known as Bring Up Grades (BUG). This program assists students in attaining academic success by introducing students to the concept of establishing SMART goals to improve grades. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time oriented.
Each student focuses on bringing up one grade while maintaining the rest of her grades.
Ways you can help your child achieve success
- Make sure your child understands what is expected and how recognition is attained.
- Help your child select a SMART goal. The goal should focus on improving in one or more subject areas. Use the SMART goal worksheet to assist with this process.
- Learn what your child's goal is and how you can help her succeed.
- Communicate with the teacher and check on your child’s progress.
- Establish a study area where your child can complete homework and limit noise and interruptions.
- Identify problem areas. Use BUG biographies to help your child identify his/her special learning style.
Areas of focus
Organization. Sometimes students struggle because of disorganization and lose or miss due dates for homework assignments.Try this: Create a checklist of things needed for school every day. Post a copy near the door. Make two homework baskets: one To-do basket, and one Done basket.
Time Management. Completing assignments in a timely manner can be challenging for students.Try this: Schedule time every day to work on homework. Track assignments on a monthly calendar and post projects working backward from the due date.Record the amount of time spent on homework, so he can calculate the amount of time needed to complete assignments.
Prioritizing. Students can get overwhelmed with the volume of homework. Putting tasks in a list gives them a starting point. Try this: Ask your child to write down projects and number them in order of due date.
Concentration. Avoid anything that can distract. Try this: Turn off the computer unless needed to conduct research. Declare the phone, television and MP3 players off limits during study time.Try studying at a community library or other quiet place.
Motivation. Until getting good grades is reason enough to complete homework, they'll need some tangible form of encouragement to get the work done. Try this: Tell your child he will receive a surprise after homework is completed. Finding creative ways to link homework assignments to something they love.
Resources to support your efforts
Kiwanis K-Kids Zone magazines