ILEARN (Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network) is around the corner! There are things you can do right now, noted in our last blog, and things you can make habits right now to help with not only this ILEARN, but future tests as well.
There’s this Gandhi quote I love and I read it sometimes to remind myself that my son’s habits now will determine his values later in life: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
Here are five easy habits to start now that will help mold your child’s academic and testing success:
- Make a home study space. In our Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) program, we teach parent advocates how to make a space dedicated to homework and learning within the home. This space allows your child to keep a learning mindset while at home and you don’t have to break the bank to make one. Any well-lit space with pencils, paper and other supplies needed can be a learning space. This study space will help make homework a priority in your home.
- Talk to your child’s teacher regularly. By talking to your child’s teacher regularly, you’ll have an idea of where they are succeeding and where they could use some extra help. Make sure you ask for extra homework in the subject they need help in and use that dedicated learning space to practice throughout the year. Offering your child extra help at home will not only help their school experience, but it will also help during the ILEARN and other tests.
- Talk to your child about school every day. Every day when my son gets off the bus, I ask him how his day was, and I ask him what he learned. By asking your child what they like about school and where they struggle with school, you’ll have an idea of how you can help at home and you’ll also be letting your child know that they can talk to you. After any test, including a standardized test like IEARN, go over the results with your child and your child’s teacher.
- Make reading a routine. Reading just 20 minutes a day is beneficial for brain development and gives you valuable bonding time with your child. We know that over the summer children can fall grades behind by not reading, so it is important to make this a habit as early as possible.
- Show up and advocate. As parents, we are our children’s number one advocates. Beyond setting good study, nutrition, sleep and communication habits with our children, we also need to prioritize their school attendance and ensure they feel safe. Because you’re talking with your child and your child’s educators, you’re now able to advocate for solutions to any challenges they may face academically.