Learning Guide: Fifth Grade

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7 Ways You Can Help

  1. Continue to read to your child, even if only for 10 to 15 minutes a night. You don't have to read great literature; it could be cartoons or comic books you both enjoy, or the sports pages from the newspaper. Reading together helps foster communication.
  2. Talk about your values to your child while giving her room and opportunity to explain her opinions to you.
  3. Keep track of who your child's friends are. If you do not approve, note your feelings gently.
  4. Keep a close eye on the videos going into your VCR and that of your child's friends; too many kids are watching adult-directed films at home, without supervision.
  5. Back off from helping your child with homework, especially math, unless you really know the material she's studying. It's more useful to have her ask her teacher for help in these areas.
  6. When shopping, have her look for value, comparing size of units with price for the best buy.
  7. If finding topics for dinner conversation seems difficult, take turns with your child as quiz leaders. She can find answers to questions in newspapers, on the Internet, in dictionaries, almanacs and encyclopedias -- all tools of the fifth-grade student.

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