7 steps to help your kids succeed at school
No one knows your child better than you. And that gives you the power to help your child succeed at school. Here are a few simple ways to help your child out.
- Know what is being taught in class- You need to be aware of classwork and homework. If you do not know what is going on in class, you cannot talk to your child about it. Do not let the child believe that studies are not important. Ask about what they did in school. Make the child feel that you are interested. He will then be eager to share his problems with you.
- Focus on communication- Communication is an important part of education. Parent Teacher Meetings give parents and teachers a chance to talk about the child’s overall performance. If you do not meet the teacher, she will not pay attention to your child, simply because you are also ignoring the child. Be honest and try to be understanding towards the teacher. Get in touch with other parents to clear doubts and make suggestions. Sometimes many children might be facing the same problem, which will force the school to take action. Spend quality time with your child everyday. Clear communication is necessary for everyone- child, parent and teacher.
- Make learning fun: There are many ways of making learning fun. A child can learn even without books. A visit to the grocery store can be a learning lesson for both English (making a list of things to buy and practising spellings) and Maths (calculating the money spent). Similarly, a walk in the park can be a Science lesson about different types of plants or leaves. Try to make a connection between studies and real life. You can even sign up for educational online games or download educational apps.
- Help your child plan: A child should know how to manage time. You need to teach the child how to plan well. Help the child finish homework and prepare for tests in a planned way. Do not wait for the last minute. Better planning means finding enough time to finish all the work and relax. Make sure that children have fun too.
- Be realistic and get help: Children have different learning levels. All children should be encouraged, especially the weaker ones. Simple encouragement won’t get better results. It is important to learn the basics before going to the next grade. If you cannot teach the child, you will need to be realistic. Identify the problems and then find ways to improve his learning. Ask for extra classes in school. Also ask older students, siblings or a tutor for help.
- Keep it positive: Avoid bad criticism. Negative words only make a child hate studies even more. Use positive and encouraging language. Instead of saying, ‘When will you understand?’ say, ‘We’ll try again.’ Do not blame the child. Boost the child’s confidence. Learning is a positive process.
- Make sure your child is ready for school: A tired, sleepy child will not be interested in studies. To help the child learn, make sure that your child gets enough sleep and eats healthy food. Children who eat healthy food have sharper minds. A healthy body is necessary for a healthy mind.
Follow these simple points and see the difference. Encourage the child so that education becomes fun for everyone.