What can parents do to help children reach their potential in school?
Think positive, motivate them and be a guide to their children. When children are listened to and affirmed, they respond positively in all areas of life including school.
Read to them when they are young, be there for anything they need. Also, be very involved with their education.
They must be involved. It's not enough to oversee that they're doing their work, not getting bad grades, and simply going to school. Parents must be active in their work, visit with teachers, talk about their learning, make home an extension of school lessons, go to PTA meetings, and much more. This should be basic knowledge while the child is in the womb. Otherwise, we are not fully preparing our children for success, especially in a crucial area like education.
Parents who are involved in their children's education reap good results. Children shouldn't just be told to do their best, they need some to push them to do their best. Go to every conference, keep up with every test date, and provide an environment that is good for learning.
Don't depend upon teachers to teach. Many of them do not know how beyond uninspiring repetition.
Challenge your children with projects and extra reading. Put what they learn to application. Mathematics: have children make change as if a cashier, or plan a bridge using trigonometry.
Have them read more than merely their textbook, but more creative and fun books on the same subject. Have them read more in depth books that stretch their mind and question the authority of the "authority."
Let the children know that their wildest dreams can come true with the proper plan and commitment. A dream becomes impossible if it is never dreamed in the first place.
Children reach their potential (in school, on the playground, at home) when they feel happy and secure. Let your children know that you love them as they are, no matter what happens. Be affectionate--even teenage boys could use a hug...just not in the middle of the high school parking lot! Talk with your children--breathing the same air is not the same thing as interacting, so sitting silently while driving or watching tv does not count! Read to them each night. Point out things and talk about them while you're driving. Ask them how they are doing--and then LISTEN, which, by definition, is done with one's mouth closed ;-) Let them know you're there for them--always. Don't redo things they have done because it makes them feel "not good enough". (Does it really matter if the bedspread is a little off-center or their stick figure is missing a thumb?) Love them, cherish them, and enjoy them.....before you know it, they won't be children any longer. Best of luck!
As a teacher I would have to disagree with Lonestar. Most teachers put a lot of effort into planning for the different kinds of learners in their classroom.
The best thing a parent can do is be involved. If the child knows that school is important to their parents, then they are more likely to take it seriously.
I actually wrote a hub on this topic, you should check it out:
Help Your Teenager be Successful in High School
http://meganlsmith3.hubpages.com/hub/He … igh-School
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