1. Praise Them in Ways Big and Small


Recognize work at home, display good work on the fridge or wall and send positive notes home to them. Hold weekly awards in your home and always acknowledge their hard work.


2. Expect Excellence


Set high, yet realistic expectations. Make sure to voice those expectations.

Set short terms goals and celebrate when they are achieved.


3. Spread Excitement Like a Virus


Show your enthusiasm in the subject and use appropriate, concrete and understandable examples to help your child grasp it. For example, I love alliteration. Before I explain the concept to my kids, we “improv” subjects they’re interested in. After learning about alliteration, they brainstorm alliterative titles for their chosen subjects.


4. Create Interest : Mix It Up


It’s a classic concept and the basis for differentiated instruction, but it needs to be said: using a variety of teaching methods caters to all types of learners. By doing this in an orderly way, you can also maintain order at home. In a generic example for daily instruction, journal for 10 minutes to start the day; introduce the concept for 15 minutes; discuss or share ideas for 15 minutes; Q&A or guided work time to finish the class. This way, your child know what to expect everyday and have less opportunity to act up.


5. Relating Lessons to Real Lives


Whether it is budgeting for family Christmas gifts, choosing short stories about your town, tying in the war of 1812 with Iraq, rapping about ions, or using Pop Culture Printables, young children will care more if they identify themselves or their everyday lives in what they’re learning.