How to Help your Child Become a Better Student
Be Proactive When it Comes To Your Child's Education
Most of our children spend the majority of their weekdays in the classroom, without their parents. Many of these days are packed with learning exercises and projects we know nothing about, and our children are expected to behave and learn at a certain level. It can be intimidating for many young kids and with the growing size of our classrooms they often don't get the one on one attention that is needed to excel in school. That's where we as parents come in.
Every child is different, and every child learns differently. This what makes it so tough for our schools, with little money to hire teachers' and other staff members, many teachers are overwhelmed and find it hard to accommodate the different learnng demands of our children. Luckil,y as a parent, you can help your child be a better student.
Ways to Help your Child.
Get involved. Whether you volunteer in the classroom, join the PTA (Parent Teacher Association), offer to help on field trips or other activities, your children will recognize your involvement and this helps him/her appreciate school. You can also see what is going on in your child's world when they are away from you. You can connect with teachers and open up the communication about your child's strengths and weaknesses.
Reward your child for effort. When your child does well in school and/or does their best, recognize this. Do something special for them as your child reaches milestones, such as have a sleep over or let them chose what is for dinner. The point is make sure your child knows that you are proud of them for the effort they put into school.
Talk to your child. Make sure your child knows that they can always talk to you about what is going on at school, whether it has to do with peers, school work, or what they have for lunch.It doesn't matter what you talk about, if you are willing to listen, you will find them willing to talk.
Do homework together. Make time each evening to do homework WITH your child. Children want their parents to see what they are doing in school and there is no better way to see what they are learning than to see their homework. Let them know how important it is to be thorough and diligent with their homework.
Encourage questions. It can often be overwhelming when your child asks questions (especially when we don't know the answer- thank you Google), but don't ever discourage their questions. In fact, we need to encourage our children's curiosity, no matter how outrageous or silly it may seem sometimes. As a parent do your best to answer their questions, even if it takes time, and always encourage more.
Talk about careers. Children need to know (especially the younger ones) why school is so important. My daughter wants to be a teacher when she grows up, we talk about why it is so important for her to learn everything she can and do well in school so that one day she can be really smart and teach her own classroom. This works with every career. Kids need to know that being good in school is what will get them the career they desire.
-Recognize your child's learning style, and work with it. As I stated earlier, every child learns differently, but it doesn't mean they learn the WRONG way. Some children are more visual, other children are more hands on, and some children work well after just hearing directions, and most need a bit of all three. The link below has a great quiz you can take to see how your child prefers to learn. Once you know your child's learning style, help accommodate it. Speak to the school about ways they may be able to help, and at home go over what your child is learning so they can be better prepared in his or her own way for the lessons they are learning.
- Test Your Knowledge: Your Child\'s Learning Style
Children have different natural ways of learning, and parents and teachers who are aware of how children learn can greatly enhance what they learn.
Encourage your child to read. Reading is an excellent way to learn, not only about literacy, but about anything they desire. If your child wants to be a doctor when they grow up they can read about the medical field or any type of book they desire. Reading will help them through college, through medical school, and through life. There is no better tool than a good book to learn.
Be a positive role model. Children notice everything their parents do, if you are a hard worker they will be too. If you have manners, most likely your children will be polite in school, if you like to read, you will see your children develop the desire to read. I recently wrote my first book, only day's later my kindergartner presented me with a fully written, fully illustrated book of her own. I have never been more proud of her, and honestly I wasn't even sure she knew what writing a book was, she had just been watching her mom.
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Being a good student is more than just about school, it helps them in society as well.
Our children are paving the way for the future. We need to adapt to the way they learn, encouraging them inside and outside of school, and teach them to have confidence in themselves that will help them to become better students. We as parents have the responsibility to help our children thrive in school, that way they can do great things in life.