Success at school increases confidence and provides for a greater number of opportunities later in life. Children with good grades and study skills can choose from a wider variety of colleges and career choices than those with limited academic success. With the proper habits, most children can navigate the academic demands of school successfully.
Teach your child to be an excellent student
- Motivate your child. You can’t expect your child to do well if they don’t care. The best way to get them to care is to show them that school is a priority.
‣ Ask your child about school.
‣ Give praise for grades.
‣ Show concern and give help when they’re struggling.
‣ Explain to them the importance of good grades.
- Require your child to read. Children that read do better in school. Set aside at least 15 minutes each day for reading time. Your local library will have reading programs all year round with recommended reading lists for children.
- Be involved at your child’s school. When you make time for your child’s school activities, you show your interest.
‣ Volunteer for parent-teacher organizations.
‣ Go to all parent-teacher conferences.
‣ Attend school functions.
‣ Volunteer for school events.
‣ Attend school board meetings.
‣ Chaperone field trips
- Have homework expectations. Set aside a certain time each night for homework. The time is up to you, but be consistent. Teach your child that homework is to be completed each day, no matter what.
- Put your child to bed on time. Does your child sleep much longer on the weekends? If so, they most likely need to go to bed earlier during the week. A well-rested child will have better focus, be in a better mood, and perform at a higher level.
‣ Experiment with different bedtimes and stick with what works. If your child struggles to get up in the morning, try sending them to bed 15 minutes earlier.
- Feed them a nutritious breakfast. Kids need something to eat in the morning. Younger children sleep for a longer period of time and might not get a chance to eat again until noon. Make a good breakfast part of your child’s morning routine. This also means your child will have to get up on time.
- Teach study skills. No one knows how to study without initial guidance. Help your child to study for tests. Get started early and teach your child how to get organized. Memorization skills are also important.
Academic success can provide a tremendous amount of confidence and self-esteem. Show your child that their education is important to you. Explain how good grades will help them later in life. Teach the study skills and habits that your child will need for ongoing success in school and in life.
Get involved at your child’s school. There are plenty of opportunities for a motivated parent.
Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents. – Roger Moore
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