Halstrom Blog Post

Tips to Help Your Child Who Is Struggling in School

How Parents and Teachers Can Promote a Growth Mindset

According to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), 93 million adults out of some 242.5 million in the US are at or below the basic reading level. That is a startling statistic! How do you ensure your child will not fall into that number and better yet, how can you help your child when he or she is struggling at school?

Keep Open Communication

Eventually, your child who is struggling will become frustrated and may experience feelings of incompetence, ineptness, and worthlessness. Although we understand this is only a feeling and not true because everyone struggles in certain subjects, try to have your child voice the reasons for frustration, and from there, progress can occur. Keep an open dialogue going and offer encouragement. After the frustration is released take a quick break. Those five to ten minutes may save you an hour later on.

Help with Homework

Homework help doesn't mean solving every answer for your child. Give small tips at rough corners to oil the wheels. Encourage your child to interact with classmates, and many times it’s okay to have your child focus on homework unassisted. It's okay to have your child make a mistake so he or she can learn from it. From these errors and new knowledge, the child gains more confidence, and with more confidence comes an ease in doing homework. You cannot expect your child to know everything on the first try, but don't also allow outside activities or cell phones to interfere with studying. If you notice the problem is too serious, hire a tutor, employ a homework helper, or notify the principal so the school can evaluate your child, find the problem areas and create a solution. In doing research, one school Halstrom Academy provides 1:1 instruction so students can easily find help.

Get Organized!

As with many kids, one major problem may be that your child isn't organized. The math homework is in the English textbook. The biology answers are on the French assignment sheet. Although the answers are right, the grades will not show that. Your child may be creative and witty, but who'll know? As Gustave Flaubert said, "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." Linda Leman, a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W), said that you should encourage your child to label everything and make schedules. All in all, organization and discipline leads to success, especially academic success.

Keep it Continuous

A John Hopkins study found that students lose over two months of reading skills during summer and once those skills are lost, they are rarely acquired again. So, whether it's during the summer break, winter break, spring break, or any other holiday, help your child continue reading and learning. Instill a love for learning in your child, a desire for more knowledge, and encourage them to become a lifelong learner.

Children today can easily fall into a rut and never climb out. No parent wants to see their child struggle. If you aren't finding help at you current school, contact Halstrom Academy and ensure your child gets the full education he or she deserves.