If your child is having difficulty learning to read or not having success in school after first grade, it is important to understand that vision and hearing affect reading in various ways. A vision and/or hearing screening is advised if a child displays signs of difficulty. These aspects can then be put to rest or corrected, if necessary. Vision screening in schools often covers only farpoint vision, but the reading of books (nearpoint vision) sometimes is not evaluated.
- Homework is a parental opportunity to teach the child how to manage time and do his or her best. Parents are the child’s models. If parents do their best, (s)he will try to do his or her best.
- Parents should provide a quiet place to study with no distractions. This means other children are not playing nearby. It means no TV, phone calls or texting. One hour of focus is better than 2 hours of distracted "studying".
- Be sure the child is clear on the teacher’s requirements. Some teachers place homework assignments online; the exact location must be known...