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Child Development

National Heritage Academies (NHA) schools are happy to partner with parents to help all of our children develop their fullest potential.
 
Student skills and success require both time in the classroom and support at home from parents. There are many things parents can do at home to help develop their child’s skills.
 

How can I help develop my child’s study skills at home?

  • One of the most important factors in helping your student with homework is to create a dedicated space for them to study. The space should be organized, well-lit, and away from technology and noise.
  • Make sure to have the proper supplies on hand. Paper, pencils, and a dictionary are some essentials for all homework assignments.
  • Be positive. A parent’s attitude toward homework and study skills can impact a student's work immensely. As a parent, strive to show your child the importance of developing strong study and homework skills.
 
For more tips, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.
 

How can I help develop my child’s reading skills at home?

  • Reading is an important skill that parents can help grow at home. At home reading practice can help to develop reading fluency and confidence.
  • Make reading a routine with your child at home. Read before bed, after dinner, or even have them read to you on the way to school. Creating this routine will make reading more familiar and part of everyday life.
 

How can I help develop my child’s life skills at home?

Incorporating life skills at home can help your child develop skills at school as well. Basic life skills play a part in education. There are a variety of life skill checklists and charts that explain at what age children should practice different life skills.
 
These skills focus on the areas of:
  • Interacting with others
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Health habits
  • Money management
  • Decision-making skills
 
For a full list of life skills, refer to The Thriving Family, Life Skills Checklist.
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