“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
Education is a valuable tool that can set children up for a successful future. As a result, children getting the best out of their education is vital. So, how, as a parent, can you come alongside your children and support them in their education? Here is a suggested list of ways to help your child succeed in school.
#1: Set Up a Morning Routine
Rushed mornings can carry over into your child’s day. We all know that there are days when hurried mornings cannot be helped, but for the most part, establishing a morning routine will help your child’s day start off right. Just like children benefit from a routine at school, so too can they benefit from a predictable morning.
#2: Get to Know Your Child’s Teacher
This may seem like an obvious step, but it can be easy to become preoccupied with other priorities. However, taking the time to meet and get to know your child’s teacher will open up the lines of communication. When concerns or questions arise, having already developed a rapport with your child’s teacher will make possibly difficult conversations a lot easier.
#3: Volunteer at School
Furthermore, getting involved at your child’s school can be helpful in your child’s success at school. You will be directly engaged with your child’s education by volunteering for field trips, after school activities, or in class help. With your help, your child will benefit from a more meaningful school experience.
#4: Stay Positive about Education
School is hard work, and when your children are feeling overwhelmed they are going to feel like their school experience is a negative one. What they need is an education advocate. By focusing on the positives of education and continuing your education through schooling, reading, and other learning activities, you will show your children why education can help them go a long way in life.
#5: Read Together
Children need to be able to read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and analyze the text in order to excel in school. Reading together provides you with the opportunity to help develop these skills. Read together and talk about what you are reading with your child in order to build these skills and aid him or her do well in school.
#6: Talk to Your Child
Talking to your children about their day and what is going on with them is an important step to helping your child succeed in school. This way, you will know what is going on with their friends, schooling, and other activities. Even if your child is in the stage where his or her answers to your questions are “fine” and “good”, at least they know that the lines of communication are open, and they can come to you when they are ready to talk.
#7: Provide a Study Space
It is extremely helpful for students to have a quite place to study and get their homework finished. This can be as simple as a desk with a few office supplies on it. What this does is provide a focused learning environment that children can consistently go to to get their assignment done.
#8: Prioritize Study Time
Make sure that your children are studying and getting homework done before moving on to other activities like TV and video games.
#9: Continue Learning over the Summer
Ever heard of the summer slide? This can really affect a child’s learning as studies show that children can lose a full month’s worth of school learning over the summer. Combat this with continuing education over the summer through reading, classes, and tutoring.
#10: Hire a Tutor
This may be last on our list, but it most certainly should not be a last resort. Tutoring is a great opportunity for your child to get ahead, catch up, build confidence, and even more. Check out our latest blog to find out why tutoring can help your child.
These are just some of the many ways you can support your children in their school. Can you think of any other ways to help your children with their education goals?