Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3412 Encourage independent problem solving Parents need to know what’s going on at school, and they need to monitor their child’s academic progress. It is, however, important for students to learn how to solve their own problems and take care of their own affairs. Being able to get their questions answered and their problems re- solved helps students gain confidence and become more independent. It also gives them a sense of empowerment. In the upper elementary grades, most problems can be resolved and most questions answered just by going to the right office or by talking to the right person. Whenever your child has a question or problem, try to help your child figure out how to take care of it on his/her own. You want your child to become more independent; however, it’s very important for your child to know that you are available to help whenever you’re needed. Promote active learning Many of your child’s early school experiences involved quiet learning activities such as reading, writing, and doing homework. Although quiet learning is still a large part of your child’s day, in the upper elementary grades, your child will be encouraged to become a more active learner. Active learning involves problem solving, exploring personal inter- ests, and asking and answering questions. Participating in team sports and clubs, visiting museums, and playing a musical instrument are all activities that support active learning. There are many ways that you can promote active learning at home. Spend time listening to and talking with your child. Discuss current events, movies, music, and TV shows. Involve your child in family discussions and ask for your child’s input. Play games such as Scrabble, checkers, and chess. Turn daily activities such as meal preparation into learning experiences, and involve your child in family projects. Active learning pursuits will help your child grow and develop intel- lectually. These activities will also help your child be more successful in school.