While we, as parents, understand how valuable an education is, it is an abstract concept to a child. Because of this, we must strive to instill in our children a desire to learn and do well in school when they are young, so this desire will carry forward into their teenage and young adult years.
Here are some ways you can help your child succeed in their studies:
Set a schedule for school work at home.
When your child develops a routine, it becomes an ingrained habit, so set aside a specific time every day for taking care of homework and make sure you follow up to verify the work has been completed (but don’t do the work for your child).
Ask questions and show interest.
Ask your child what they studied in school, how they liked it, and whether or not they have any questions about what they learned. By being interested in your child’s studies, you will teach them to be interested in what they are learning.
Praise your child for their efforts and accomplishments.
Children love to receive praise from their parents so reward your child with recognition for noteworthy accomplishments in school.
Make everything an exercise in learning.
Whether you are taking a walk, cooking together, or watching a wildlife documentary on TV, use every opportunity to create a learning experience with your child. Connect homework exercises with real-life examples to demonstrate how useful an education can be in the “real world.”
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.