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

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Education - BY JIM CON­KLIN AND DR. ALICIA MENO, IN­TER- SCHOOL OF PLAYA CAR­MEN

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/


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