|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Few things can affect a young person's future more than getting a good education. Parents who have the option of sending their children to private schools rather than conventional public schools have the opportunity to give their children many more advantages. Why choose a private education over a conventional school?
One of the best benefits of a private education is small class sizes and a lower student-to-teacher ratio. What this means to your child is that they will receive more personal attention from the teacher. In addition, the teacher can develop a better rapport with each student in order to better understand each child's specific strengths and weaknesses so that the educational program can be tailored to what each child needs. Should a child begin to experience any sort of learning difficulty, the teacher can immediately recognize it and take corrective action. Should a child demonstrate a particular academic excellence, that too can be spotted in order for the child to be able to capitalize on that giftedness.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
Another very attractive advantage to enrolling a child at a private campus is that fewer disciplinary problems occur in their nurturing environment. Today's public schools have unfortunately become dangerous breeding grounds for gang violence and other unsavory behavior, with students typically having to leave and enter school grounds by passing through metal detectors to discover hidden weapons. Public school teachers often find themselves in the difficult position of being monitor or police officer rather than being able to focus their energies on teaching. Parents can have peace of mind when their child is privately schooled that unruly behavior will not be tolerated and an environment of mutual respect for both student and teacher is the only one cultivated.
Students at private educational institutions are held to a higher standard of behavior than those attending public school, where repeat offenders are usually allowed to return to disrupt classes yet again because expulsion is rare. Because private headmasters will not hesitate to expel a student who breaks the rules, students associate being there and learning as a privilege to be respected rather than as a right to be disregarded.
Parents of students who are schooled privately also enjoy having more interaction with their child's teacher and more of a say in how the school is run because they are paying for the privilege of having their child attend the institution. While public school parents may have the right to complain about sub-standard educational materials and facilities with little or no action being taken, the concerns expressed of private school parents are taken into consideration. As a result, the books, learning materials and facilities on a private school campus tend to be well-maintained, up to date and of the highest quality available.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|