Five Tips to Help Your Children Succeed in School
The new school year has begun, and it is time to remind ourselves how we can help our children be the best students they can be. Here are five simple and straightforward ideas to help your children achieve success
1. Show your children you value education.
If your children know that you value education, they will be much more likely to work hard, and understand that school is important. Be sure to ask your children about school every day. Ask specific questions so your child can’t simply say, “Good.” Ask them what they are learning in math, or what spelling words they are studying in English or Spanish. If you show them you care about school, your children will follow your lead.
2. Send your child to school ready to learn.
Children who have had a good night’s sleep, and a healthy breakfast will perform better in school. Set bedtime rituals, and make sure your child is getting anywhere from nine to twelve hours of sleep. Also, provide your children with breakfast foods that are high in fiber, and protein, and low in added sugar.
3. Teach your children organizational skills.
Teach your children to keep a tidy bedroom and house in general. If children learn to keep their clothes, toys, and other belongings in their proper place they will spend less time looking for “lost” items, and will create a sense of order in their lives. Also, setting a routine schedule for homework, and teaching them how to make “To Do” lists will not only help their performance in school but in life in general.
4. Teach your children study skills.
Ensure that your child has a clean, well-lit area to work with limited distractions. Keep the TV, iPads, and music off while your children work on their homework so they can focus on completing their assignments. Also, emphasize that if they complete their homework immediately after school, they can enjoy the rest of the evening, stress-free.
5. Participate in school events.
The easiest ways to demonstrate that you value education is to participate in school events. Be sure you attend information sessions at the beginning of the year, parent-teacher conferences, and special events like the holiday shows. Volunteering at the school is also extremely useful, as you help out with student learning, and you also gain an insider’s view of how the school runs. Research shows that children perform better academically when their parents are involved with the school. Jim Conklin, has taught and administrated in Canada, Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. He specializes in high school education, writing, and professional development. Dr. Alicia Meno, an education specialist who has been teaching and administering schools in the U.S. and Latin America for 20 years. Dr. Meno is the author of Professional Development Reform (2008). For more information on Jim Conklin and Dr. Alicia Meno please go to our website www.theplayatimes.
Taking an active interest will boost your child’s academic potential. / Photo: Lucelia Ribeiro/flickr.com