A child wants his or her parents to care about what they do. They long to learn from their parents what is expected of them, what they need to do to fit in with the family, the responsibilities they have within the family, in school, with friends and in the community. It is the parents that helps the child develop his or her self-esteem and discover the difference between right and wrong. If done right, then all of these things come together to help the child succeed in school.
Some of this may come naturally for a parent and simply calls for them to guide their children as their parents guided them. Some of this may be intuitive to the parent. Something that they picked up on their own due to their own passions and interests. And some of this may have to be discovered through reading articles like this one.
In the end, it is all about the child and what you can teach him or her to succeed in life and succeed in school.
Here are 10 tips to help your child succeed in school.
1) Get Involved
Engage your kids. Find out how they are doing in school. Praise them for their successes. Help them with their homework. Encourage them to read. Help them create goals. Assist them to develop study strategies. In short show them that you care.
2) Create a structured environment at home
Set up rules about studying. For example, no television until homework is finished. No visits by friends during the school week. Set a bed time so they are well rested and prepared to succeed in school.
3) Meet regularly with their teachers
Inquire into any difficulties they may be having, whether they have been attending class, is their homework up to par, are they meeting the teacher’s expectations. Once you know about specific problems at school, then you can take steps at home to assure that they succeed in school.
4) Encourage learning
Take your kids to museums. Encourage them to take extra curricular courses. Ask about what interests them and engage them in conversation about it. Have books and magazines that cover their interests on hand in the home. Engage them in learning games that are associated with their interests. This will help them develop their desire to learn which will assist them to succeed in school.
5) Make learning fun
Come up with games that help them learn. Create flash cards to help them memorize. Encourage your son to figure out his favorite players’ batting averages through the baseball season and engage in conversation about it. If your son follows football, ask him to calculate his favorite quarterback’s pass completion average. Games like this will improve his math skills and help him to succeed in school.
6) Engage your child in conversation
Ask them questions about school, about an event they went to with a friend, about a television show you both watched, about current events. This will help your child get more involved in classroom discussions, assist him with their English language skills and help them to succeed in school.
7) Take your child to the library
Help him or her get a library card so that they can check out books on their own. Tell them about events at the library they can attend like summer reading programs and book clubs. Many libraries offer tapes, books on CDs, movies on video cassettes and DVDs. All of these materials can help your child learn to assure that he or she succeed in school.
8) Teach your child how to use the Internet
Teach them how to search for information on search engine sites like Google, Yahoo and AOL. This can help him or her research information for class and assure that he develops study strategies so that he can succeed in school.
9) Encourage your child to observe others as they study
An older brother or sister or a friend who has strong study strategies can be a good influence in the development of his or her study skills.
10) Teach your child responsibility and independence
You can do this by telling and showing your child that he has to take responsibility for what he does at home and at school. If he misbehaves in school, then he has to suffer the consequences. When he succeeds, he can enjoy the praise. Make him or her understand that getting ready for school is his or her responsibility from getting up on time to making sure he or she has what they need for the school day. Creating a checklist can help them remember what he or she needs to do. This too can help your child succeed in school.
So there you have it. 10 tips to help your child succeed in school.