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Supporting learning

Children don't stop learning when the school day ends. The more positive and constructive learning experiences children have outside of school, the better they do in school. Whether it's getting homework help, learning together as a family, or using a parent-child interaction as a teaching opportunity, parents and caregivers can help pave the way for their children's school success.

The following resources can help you get started.


Help your teen make the most of school

Review the research about how children do better in school and have more positive attitudes when their parents are involved in school life. Part of the Teen Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers series.

Learning opportunities to discover

Get tips to help support your child’s learning away from school.

Minimize conflict over homework

Keep homework tensions at a minimum and use structure to minimize homework conflict.

Vacation: a learning experience

Find out how to turn your vacations into a learning experience for the whole family.

Volunteering: A learning opportunity

Volunteer with your family to learn new skills, teach responsibility, and become closer.

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