Well, its that time of year for all the parents to have short, meetings with their student's teachers to let them know how things are going at school and what might need some attention.
This is helpful to a parent to know what areas the student is having trouble with, but sometimes the parent feels less than confident on how to assist their child.
I would like to share a few basic points that I hope you might find helpful.
a. Reading and reading comprehension - Has the teacher mentioned that reading is below the level wanted? Is reading comprehension a problem? Does your student NOT like reading? These are all common situations. One of the main things that helps is finding books that interest your child. Involve him or her in picking them out when possible. Another very successful thing I use in my tutoring is taking turns with the student when reading. I read a page, they read a page. That way they feel less pressure on them. I used this with my own daughter when she was little. Comprehension is always about not understanding what they are reading. Before your child sits down to read a book, check it out for hard words. Ever heard your child say after a few minutes that they are bored with the book? Or that they are too tired to read? Go over the story with them, if you find some hard words, help them out with a proper definition, talk with them about the story, engage them in the conversation. I think you will find that after this, the story is more clear and they have interest again.
b. Math - Most of us are dealing with Common Core and all the new and somewhat confusing new learning techniques.
I have many new students who come in very confused and upset by the newer methods. I do recommend using lots of pictures and showing step by step how each part of the problems work. Common Core is a multi-step way of doing math and is not easily broken down or understood sometimes. I have success with going over a few problems, step by step with the student, and having them write down all the steps with me until I am sure that they understand. Have patience with them, as this is very hard and confusing for them. Of course, if needed you can get some outside help, or even go to the bookstore and learn more about how to do this math yourself.
Well, hope that helps a bit. If you have a specific question regarding reading or math, I'm happy to answer that question.
Thank you to those of you who have emailed me with subjects of interest or questions. Chat soon.