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Saturday, December 26, 2009

How Your Presence at Extracurricular Activities Improves Math Skills

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In a previous post I discussed the importance of being present in your child's school. While having a presence in the school is important, it is also important to be seen on the sidelines of the activities in which your child participates.

Many times students perform better academically when they know that someone is interested in them outside of school. They want to be supported for the activities that participate in outside of school, too. For this reason, I frequented many football games of the students that I taught, even though I don't know a thing about football. My students responded favorably by trying harder and doing better when they knew that I was interested in them outside of the classroom. So, too, will your child.

Take an interest in what interests her outside of school if possible. If you are just uninterested (like I was with football) go to the events and support her anyway. This will show her that you are there for her no matter what because you are willing to give up your own interests for hers. She in turn, will be willing to do something that she may not be totally comfortable with doing because it is important to you--like studying 5 or 10 minutes more or spending less time talking on the phone.

There are many ways that you can help your child achieve in math, without picking up a pencil. For a 38 page book of strategies on how to help your child achieve in math go to

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