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Learning Environment FAQs for Parents

Q1: How can I help my child to be successful in middle school?

Q2: How much homework should my middle school student have?

Q3: How much should I get involved with my child's homework?

Q4: How do I motivate my child to achieve academically?

Q5: How do I get my child to study?

Q6: How do I motivate my child to enjoy reading?

Q7: How do I make sure that my child continues to learn during the summer months?

Q8: What school activities should my child attend throughout the year?

Q9: What are some existing support programs for students?




Q1: How can I help my child to be successful in middle school?

Every parent wants their child to be successful; however, it is not always clear how to help your student reach his/her goals. The number one factor in student academic success is parent involvement. Take a look at the following suggestions on how you can help your student reach their academic potential.
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Q2: How much homework should my middle school student have?

Teachers make the decision about how much homework is assigned; however, you can review these tips to get an idea of the amount of time your child should spend on their homework assignments.
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Q3: How much should I get involved with my child's homework?

Have you ever been frustrated with the "new math" your child is learning? You are not alone. Follow these tips that show you how you can best help your child with their homework.
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Q4: How do I motivate my child to achieve academically?

Schoolwork is not easy for some children. Sometimes extra help is needed, and your student should not be afraid to admit such. Regardless of how difficult a particular subject or assignment is, it is important that you always encourage your child to thoroughly complete assigned tasks, consistently make every effort to do their best, and not be afraid to ask for help when times get rough. The following suggestions may be helpful.
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Q5: How do I get my child to study?

It is not always easy to explain to a sixth grader that studying is more important than watching his/her favorite television program; however, good study skills are the absolute foundation for academic success. Here are some effective ways to help your child develop good study habits.
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Q6: How do I motivate my child to enjoy reading?

Developing good reading habits is important to your child's success in school. Consider these suggestions on how to motivate your child to develop the desire to read.
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Q7: How do I make sure that my child continues to learn during the summer months?

Just because school closes for the summer does not mean that learning is supposed to end. Find out ways to keep your child engaged in the learning process.
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Q8: What school activities should my child attend throughout the year?

Find out what the recommended school activities are that your child should attend during the school year.
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Q9: What are some existing support programs for students?

Help is on the way! Check out the many academic outreach programs that exist in California to help your child improve his/her academic performance.
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