Tips For Success

Designate a space for success

pencilsWorking space – a well lit desk, the kitchen table, or a cubby at the local library.

​Close access to materials – paper, pens, pencils, computer, well-organized binder, calculator, dictionary, etc.

Minimal distractions – regulate distractions that would interfere with thinking and processing time. Distractions are siblings or friends that interrupt the learning process, sound distractions such as the television, cell phones, video games, or visual distractions such as busy activity in the vicinity.

Manage time effectively

Daily routine – Children of all ages function well with a predictable routine. Map out a schedule with the help of your Education Specialist to get the desired amount of work done each day. Schedules look different to suit the child and family’s needs. Examples: Folders for each day with one side “To Do” and the other side “Done”, a one page weekly summary with all subjects, daily plan on the whiteboard, etc.

Activity ProjectTime requirements – ​A regular school day should minimally take at least 5 hours for elementary students a day. While some days may be less, that should be the exception, not the rule. If your child is getting done in an hour or two, then a review of curriculum and difficulty should be made.

​Schedule your week for success too. Plan appointments, community classes, and / or errands after school has finished. Starting first thing in the morning works well for most families. Careful consideration should be given to any activity that takes you out of the house on a consistent basis early in the day. For most families, school would suffer.

Negotiations – Do not allow negotiations to take place about the assigned work. As the teacher, you are responsible to establish expectations and be firm with the assignments.

Help your Student Love Reading and Math
For an article about how to do that with math, click on How to be a good math student.
For an article about how to do that with reading, click What does it take to be a Good Reader.

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Sample schedule

8:30 – 9:30 Math
9:30 – 10:30 Language arts
10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:30 – 11:00 PE
11:00 – 12:00 Science/social studies (social studies on Mon. & Wed., science on Tues. & Thurs.)
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch & break
12:30 – 1:30 Art, technology, health, music (Mon. – health, Tues. – technology, Wed. – art, Thurs. – music)
1:30 – 2:30 Independent reading time
3:00 – on​  Any homework or unfinished work from earlier in the day. ​
Students should have at least 20 – 60+ minutes of independent reading every day:


20 – 30 minutes for younger students (1st-2nd grade)
30 – 40 minutes for middle elementary (3rd-4th grade)
40 – 60 minutes for upper elementary (5th-6th grade)