#RaisingBrilliance: Where To Go When Your Child Needs Extra Help


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The teacher

Consider your child’s teacher your partner on this journey. You have questions? Ask them. You have concerns? Voice them. If your teacher has concerns about your child’s performance in a certain area, don’t be timid. Ask what you can do at home to help them improve. The teacher might send home extra work (like my son’s first grade teacher has done with him) or might point you to a community resource that will help. Either way, be proactive about building that relationship with your child’s teacher so that if a problem does arise, it’s easier to focus on the solution.


I’ve been a big fan of Education.com for years now, back when my daughter (now in third grade) was in preschool and I was teaching her letters and numbers. They have great worksheets, games, activities, and more to help your child get a little more practice outside of school. You can do it together and have fun!

Local library

Librarians are full of knowledge and if you only give them a friendly nod and a wave as you browse the shelves, you’re missing out. If your child is a struggling reader, for example, librarians often know the best books to hook kids and turn them into fluent readers. They can also help you select books that are appropriate for their level and find books on the subjects in which your child might struggle. Librarians are also great if you have older children who might need help at the high school level. (Here’s a few more reasons why the library rocks.)


What really surprised me this year is how many YouTube links my children’s teachers are sending home. A simple search on any problem you might be having (“algebraic equations” or “intermediate Spanish“) will yield thousands of videos.