Five Strategies to Help Your Child Succeed in School
Kids can be a full-time job! But among the seemingly never-ending list of important tasks, one of the best things you can do for your child is to ensure their schooling experience is successful and worthwhile.
The following strategies have been proven to help many parents turn their children into victorious scholars! Read on to discover these successful techniques:
1. Spend time discussing school. Kids are generally happy-go-lucky people, and it's sometimes hard for parents to figure out that something isn't going right at school. This is why having casual discussions about school with your child is very important. Asking the following questions can help ensure nothing is affecting your child negatively at school:
- Are you getting along well with other kids?
- Do you enjoy answering questions in class?
- What's your favourite subject?
- Do you want to participate in any extra-curricular activities?
2. Check regularly for homework. In most cases, kids get reading every day, even if the assignments are small. However, they don't always remember to do the tasks and end up losing marks at school. To help out that situation, you can:
- Ask your child every day what was done in class and whether the teachers asked students to bring in any assignments the next day.
- Do an occasional scan through your child's school notebooks looking for assignments and upcoming tests.
- Make periodic calls or visits to the schools if you notice your child hasn't been doing any homework assignments.
3. Keep an open relationship with teachers. Many kids don't feel comfortable telling their parents when school isn't going well. Perhaps it's out of fear, embarrassment, or shame. Developing a close relationship with the teachers can help you keep track of what's happening at school.
- Please provide them with your contact numbers and let them know you're available anytime.
- Make sporadic visits to the school to keep communication open.
- Make random “gifts” of appreciation to the teachers for the help they're giving your child; even verbally expressed gratitude can go a long way!
4. Ensure proper nutrition. If your child isn't getting the grades you hoped, maybe something affects his or her ability to adapt, concentrate, and grasp what's being taught. Proper nutrition plays a big part in enabling your child to succeed. As a parent, you could:
- Pack their lunch box with healthy snacks like fruit and veggies, instead of chips and cookies.
- Investigate the lunch options at school to ensure they're nutritious.
- Take your child to the doctor for a check-up to ensure they're not being affected by any vitamin deficiencies.
5. Balance work and playtime. If you leave it up to kids, they'll want to play all the time and work very little or none at all! Help your child learn to balance work and playtime. Overdoing playtime could be contributing to those not-so-good grades at schools. Always endeavour to:
- Check for homework and make sure it's done before the TV gets turned on.
- Restrict playtime to earlier evening hours, so your child's rest isn't affected.
- Check with teachers to find out if your child plays around a lot in class.
While you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to raising your child, you can help them succeed if you focus on these simple strategies.