What if your child needs more than just homework help?

What should you do if your child is struggling in school? There are a number of steps you can take, but first, let’s take a look at what information you have and what could be going on with your child. Au Pairs from Go Au Pair often have experience tutoring and are happy to help any age child.

First, your child may have recently brought home a report card or progress report. If so, take a good look at it and discuss it with your child. Ask more than just yes or no questions of your child to find out what is going on in each subject or with each teacher. Make sure your child knows you are supportive and want to help him or her succeed in school, and so do the teachers.

Second, if needed, you may think about contacting the teacher(s) to discuss any difficulty your child is experiencing and constructive ways to approach it. It is important to let your child’s teacher know if he or she is struggling early on, to nip it in the bud, so to speak. Problems that linger can lead to even bigger gaps in learning and knowledge.

Third, take the time every day to review your child’s agenda or homework planner, checking that assignments are done, and done well. If you are not able or too busy, enlist an older family member, neighbor or your au pair to do this on a regular basis. Some families pay anywhere from $20-$40 per hour for private tutoring.

If you suspect your child has a learning disability or other attentional problem, discuss it right away with your pediatrician and your child’s school. You as a parent have the right to refer your child for education and/or psychological evaluation (which is really more like intelligence testing than what it sounds like) at any time and the public school system should perform it in a timely fashion. You are also entitled to an outside evaluation as well. Consult your local special education administrator for assistance.

Finally, if you feel you have taken all the appropriate steps, don’t leave out the most important person: your child. Is he or she motivated to do well? Are they spoiled so no reward is big enough? Is education not valued, therefore on the back burner? It is important to make our children responsible for their own learning, even from a young age. That is not to say we just set them off on their own and never help them, but help them and guide them to take control over their learning, to use learning for the tool it is to unlock the mysteries of this world.

In Rhode Island and the surrounding area, you can contact my friend Patti Avin at Tutor Doctor for a free consultation and affordable in-home tutoring.

Let 2013 be your year for a cultural child care experience! Visit us at http://www.goaupair.com for complete program details.

My name is Joan Lowell, the Go Au Pair LAR (Local Area Rep) for the Providence area.

You can apply now at http://hostfamilies.goaupair.com/host-family-application.aspx or contact me at jlowell@goaupair.com or at 401-309-1925 for more information.

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