Tips For Parents
Helping Your Child Prepare for Assessments
TIPS FOR PARENTS
(Provided by the NWEA Parent Toolkit)
Ways to help your child prepare for testing
- Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.
- Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or handle the demands of a test.
- Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
- Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new material, a child learns new words that might appear on a test.
Ways to help your child with reading and language usage
- Give a journal or diary as a gift.
- Help your child write a letter to a friend or family member. Offer assistant with correct grammar usage and content.
- After finishing a chapter in a book or magazine article, have your child explain his or her favorite event.
- Provide many opportunities for your child to read books or other materials. Children learn to read best when they have books and other materials at home and plenty of chances to read.
- Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child's chance of reading success. Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
- Follow your child's interest - find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into this interest.
Ways to help your child with mathematics
- Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifelong skill.
- Point out ways that people use mathematics every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, make change, and how to tip at a restaurant.
- Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers.