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Help and Encouragement

How Parents Can Help

from Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.

Check this list of things parents can do to help their children learn:

  • Read to your child.
  • Listen to your child read.
  • Play games with your child.
  • Help your child get a library card from the public library nearest you. Encourage your child to go to the library as often as possible.
  • Go to the library with your child. Help him or her pick out interesting books to read.
  • Find out about activities for children that take place at your library.
  • Talk to your child about subjects that are interesting to him or her.
  • Listen to your child.
  • Set aside a special "reading time." Let your child know that you look forward to and enjoy your time together.
  • Give your child his or her own place to keep books.
  • Write notes to your child.
  • Help your child write letters and notes.
  • Encourage your child to keep a scrapbook about a subject that interests him or her: stamps, dogs, birds, trucks, etc.
  • Limit your child's television watching—select certain shows to watch. Turn the television set on for the show and turn it off immediately after the show is over.
  • Read and discuss your child's schoolwork.
  • Provide materials such as crayons, art paper and paints for creative projects.
  • Give your child a calendar so he or she can write down special events and mark off each day.
  • Help your child make a telephone directory with the names and phone numbers of his or her friends.
  • Ask your child to add a sentence or two to letters you write to far away relatives. (Young children can dictate a sentence for you to write.)
  • Give your child specific duties to perform on a regular basis at home.
  • Let your child help you prepare dinner.
  • Subscribe to a children's magazine (in the child's name).
  • Bring books for your child to read in the car while he or she waits for you to run errands.
  • Look up words in the dictionary with your child.
  • Encourage your child to start a collection of rocks, stamps, etc.
  • Encourage your child to show his or her schoolwork to your relatives and friends.
  • When traveling, read road signs with your child. Discuss what they mean.
  • Show your child how to use a yardstick, ruler and tape measure for measuring objects around the house.
  • Provide counting experiences for your child.
  • Show your child how to count change.
  • Give your child a special place (box, dish pan, etc.) to keep items he or she must take to school each morning. (This ends last-minute searching for library books, papers, bike keys, etc., all of which can cause your child to be late for school.)
  • Show your child how to tell time.

99 Messages for Encouraging Children

from the Valley Children's Hospital, Fresno, California

1. You’re on the right track now!
2. You’re doing a good job!
3. You did a lot of work today
4. Now you’ve figured it out!
5. That’s RIGHT!
6. Now you have the hang of it.
7. That’s the way!
8. You’re really going to town.
9. You’re doing fine.
10. Now you have it.
11. Nice going.
12. That’s coming along nicely…
13. That’s great!
14. You did it that time!
15. Awesome!
16. Fantastic!
17. Terrific!
18. Tremendous!
19. You outdid yourself today.
20. How did you do that?
21. That’s better.
22. Excellent!
23. Good job, (name of child).
24. That’s the best you’ve ever done.
25. Good going!
26. Keep it up.
27. That’s really nice.
28. Wow!
29. Keep up the good work.
30. Much better!
31. Good for you.
32. You impress me!
33. Good thinking!
34. Exactly right!
35. Super!
36. Nice going.
37. You make it look easy.
38. I’ve never seen anyone do it better.
39. You’re doing much better today.
40. Way to go!
41. Not bad.
42. Superb!
43. You’re getting better every day.
44. Wonderful!
45. I knew you could do it.
46. Keep working on it, you’re getting better.
47. You’re doing beautifully.
48. You’re really working hard today!
49. That’s the way to do it!
50. Keep on trying.
51. You’re the best.
52. Nothing can stop you now.
53. You’ve got it made.
54. You’re very good at that.
55. You certainly did well today.
56. I am very proud of you.
57. You’re learning fast!
58. You’ve just about got it.
59. That’s good!
60. I’m happy to see you working like that.
61. I’m proud of the way you worked today.
62. That’s the right way to do it.
63. You’re really learning a lot.
64. That’s better than ever.
65. That’s quite an improvement.
66. That kind of work makes me very happy.
67. Marvelous!
68. Now you’ve figured it out!
69. Perfect!
70. That’s not half bad.
71. Fine!
72. You’ve got your brains in gear today!
73. That’s it!
74. You figured it out fast.
75. You remembered!
76. You’re really improving.
77. I think you’ve got it now.
78. Well, look at you go.
79. You’ve got that down pat.
80. Good work!
81. Outstanding!
82. I like that.
83. Couldn’t have done it better myself.
84. Now, that’s what I call a fine job.
85. You did that very well.
86. Congratulations!
87. That was first class work.
88. Right on!
89. Sensational!
90. That’s the best ever.
91. Good remembering.
92. You haven’t missed a thing.
93. It’s a pleasure to teach you when you work like that.
94. You make my job fun.
95. You’ve just about mastered that.
96. One more time and you’ll have it.
97. You must have been practicing.
98. You make me very proud.
99. YOU must be very proud!

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