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If they like to move, have them sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. Play instrumental music in the background if it helps your child remain focused. It is extremely empowering to students when they learn about style and help them learn how to best help themselves. Where should your children do their homework? The kitchen table or counter tends to be a good spot. It allows the child to be monitored while the adult can be preparing dinner or completing another task. Avoid hovering over your child; let him/her complete several tasks and then check to see the progress. Allow them to process out loud as you listen to see if they are on track. Encourage small successes. Give mini goals, like, “As soon as you get to number 10, you can have some more juice.” (Some children actually learn better if they are drinking or snacking.) Try this, too: “When you read 5 pages, then let's talk about the part that you thought was the funniest/most interesting.” KEY: Help your child make a connection with what they are learning. If they are a reluctant reader, suggest that they read a page and you read a page. This does not have to continue for the entire year, but if you put in a few good months at the beginning, it will make a huge difference. Keep in good communication with your child's teacher. He/She can offer suggestions and insights into your child, as well. Trust that they want what is best for your child, too. KEY: Trust the LORD, He created you – your child’s parent. He has also equipped you. You are your child's primary and most important teacher. You play a big part in helping them become a successful learner. Set the stage for success and watch your child blossom into a capable learner.

Kathy pictured here with her husband and daughters. (L-R Dennis, Kathy, Katy, Meghan) Kathy Goodheart is a retired teacher of 37 years and currently lives in Billings, MT with her husband of 36 years. If you’d like to contact Kathy, please email us info@chaiminc.com, or write us P.O. Box 190464, Boise, ID 83709.

A place of adventure and imagination, the Treehouse is where CHAIM readers will discover the beauty of loving and training our children. Trees have such amazing delight: providing fruit, shelter, shade, and comfort for both animals and people moreover, our God hath made them all. And just as trees have many aspects to enjoy, so do these pages have articles, activities and helpful tools for parents and children alike. Enjoy the time under the cover of this canopy. Remembering that it is God’s doing and marvelous in our eyes.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:” PSALM 127:3a

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

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