Supporting Your Learner In School
Every parent wants the best for their kids, and that includes access to quality education. After all, a solid education is the foundation of a child's life. It all starts in the early grades and parents want the best possible foundation for their children.
Many parents assume that their kids will get all the help and support they need during school hours. That assumption isn't completely correct. While teachers do a fantastic job, support from parents is also crucial for helping kids shine academically. As a parent, you are naturally your children's first and most important teacher. Your attitude towards education will shape your child's approach to education and their perception of their potential. If your attitude is consistently positive and you encourage their ambitions and dreams, they will believe in themselves and achieve more. If children absorb negativity and pessimism at home, they are likely to do no more than what it takes to get by, sometimes even less.
Here are ten ways that you can help your child succeed in elementary school:
Be A Good Role Model - As we've already mentioned, you are your child's first and most important teacher. This reality means you are in a position to influence your child's perception of learning.
When children start formal education, they begin to learn in different ways. Suddenly, they've gone from your parental teaching methods to a much more orderly academic environment. They will be looking to their parents to provide them with the guidance they need as they enter a new phase on their educational journeys.
As your pre-schoolers move into the elementary grades, you should be on hand to help them organize their time and encourage them to embrace their new educational environment and teachers.
Give Them The Fuel They Need To Learn - A nutritious breakfast sets your child up for the day by giving them the energy they need to succeed. In general, children who eat a nutritious breakfast before going to school do better in class.
Choose breakfast items that are high in fiber and rich in whole grains. Try to avoid foods that have lots of added sugar because while they will give your child a quick energy boost, they won't sustain the energy levels they need throughout the morning to learn.
Your attitude towards education will shape your child's approach to education and their perception of their potential.
While it can be hard these days to get children to go to sleep early, a proper night's sleep is necessary. Most school-age children need around 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. If yours is getting less, then it could be affecting their learning. Try to get into a standard bedtime routine that helps your children settle.
A nutritious breakfast that releases energy slowly helps boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory.
Help Them Get Enough Sleep - Tired children who are yawning all day lack focus and will ultimately not absorb as much knowledge as their more spritely peers.
A bedtime story is particularly good for young children as it gives them time in bed to unwind before falling asleep. Electronic devices, such as tablets and games consoles, should not be allowed at bedtime as they stimulate your child's brain too much, which makes it harder for them to go to sleep.
Take Attendance Seriously - While no child should ever go to school if they are genuinely sick, parents must take attendance seriously. A good starting point is to understand the school's attendance policy. You can sit down with your child and explain that they are expected to attend unless there is a good reason not to. Discuss the consequences of missing classes and promote the benefits of a good attendance record to your child.
If your child does start missing school (not due to illness), you should talk with them and try to figure out what's going on. It could be that they have problems with classmates, assignments or even their teacher(s).
You may need to pay a visit to your child's school to find the underlying cause of any issues. Speak to your child about this beforehand, though, as many kids hate the thought of their parents getting involved with issues like this.
Nurture What Your Child Loves - We live in a specialized world, and nobody's good at everything. Many children begin to prefer certain subjects even in elementary school. If your child shows a particular interest or enjoys a certain subject, you should encourage them to excel at it. Always try to focus on the positives and never dwell on the negatives.
Being especially good at something will make your child feel proud and confident, and this will help boost the subjects they have less natural aptitude.
Help Them Understand Failure - We've all failed at something. Whether it was an academic situation, a job-related one or even a personal plight, failures help us learn new lessons and ultimately make us better, if we learn to use failure effectively. There's an old saying: ‘If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again.' This is an important lesson to teach your children. Use any failures they experience at school, like a low test score, to help them want to better themselves. It's the best way to increase their chances of success in the future. Children have to learn that a failure is a beginning, not an end. Help them see their failures as a challenge to overcome rather than as a final defeat.