Depending on their budget, some schools may provide more
supplies for their students than others. But even so, there are certain
items the children will almost always have to bring themselves.
Private vs. public schools
The most dramatic difference between private schools and
public schools is the cost, and the quality of education. Aside from taxes,
public schools are free, while private school tuition can be extremely
Helping with homework
In public schools, regular homework generally begins by
fifth or sixth grade, though short assignments may be given much earlier.
Children under ten will usually need the most encouragement; you may have to
help them get started, remind them of their study time, and check lessons
after they're completed.
If a child's having trouble in a particular subject,
tutoring can often be a good solution. But before you take any action, you
should find out why your child is failing.
Motivating your child to learn
One of the simplest ways to encourage learning is by
answering your child's questions. Children are curious. They want to know
everything about the world around them.
After-school programs should strike a happy medium
between leisure and learning. Ideally, they'll offer a variety of
activities, without being merely an extension of the school day.
Accelerated courses, also known as 'advanced placement,'
'honors,' or 'gifted and talented' programs, are designed to meet the needs
of intellectually gifted students.
When a child scores in the top two to five percent on
national tests such as IQ or achievement tests, they're considered to be
academically gifted. Gifts may also come in other forms, like an exceptional
talent for art or music.
When should my child start preschool?
Though each facility may accept different age ranges,
preschool programs are typically for ages three and four. Preschools may
also be known as daycare centers, pre-kindergartens, or early childhood