Q:

Can you discuss more about the No Child Left Behind legislation's impact? - Curious

A:

If your young children are just starting school or are between the ages of 6 and 12, you need to be aware of how No Child Left Behind legislation is affecting them. First of all, children now are doing substantially more studying and reading -- especially younger children. And you can expect to provide more homework help as your children are being assigned more homework in reading and math to improve their test scores.

If your children are young, you can now expect to spend 10-15 minutes several nights a week giving them additional practice in reading. Ideally, their teachers will give you some training so you can help them accomplish their objectives. To make this homework time more effective, you should provide feedback from time to time on the positives and negatives of specific assignments so your children's teachers have a better idea of what is working.

The best reading activities are ones that are not too complex, do not take a lot of time and don't lead to frustration. These activities should emphasize practice, and need to be enjoyable. If children don't enjoy reading, they'll lose interest and abandon reading as a leisure activity.