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Mr.  David  Conrad
Principal
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Principal's Corner

Help Your Child Develop Learning Strategies

Not every child learns in the same way. That’s why it’s important for you to help your child develop many learning strategies to help him achieve his maximum learning potential.

Encourage your child to explore different learning strategies, including:

  • Matching techniques to learning preferences. If your child likes to absorb information visually, encourage him to make diagrams, charts and pictures. If your child prefers to discuss what he is learning, ask him questions and help him talk through what he doesn’t understand.
  • Using mnemonic devices. If your child is trying to memorize a long list of information, he can use memory tricks like making a word or sentence from the first letters of the items in the list. For example, the acronym HOMES stands for each of the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior).
  • Teaching the material he’s learning. One of the best ways to understand information is to explain it to someone else. Your child can explain what he is learning to you, a sibling or another family member—or even a stuffed animal.
  • Flipping flash cards. Some children learn best by using flash cards to learn vocabulary words or math facts. The next time your child has a batch of words or facts to learn, encourage him to grab some index cards and give it a try.