Your support and involvement in your child’s education is important to his learning process. Find out how you can help boost his success at school.
By Amrita Gracias
Good educational success lays the foundations of a child’s future. It helps to shape his personality and career, which helps him contribute to the society in a fruitful way.
No child may be called a perfect student. While some might sail through easily, others find it difficult to cope with the pressure and enormity of the process as they progress to higher classes. However, the level of success a child achieves as a student is influenced to a great degree by parental involvement. This fact has been proved repeatedly over the years.
With parents being so instrumental in a child’s academic success, let’s read on to learn a few tips to boost your child’s success in school.
1. Be a role-model: Encourage your child to learn, explore and discover. Make sure you provide ample support whenever she expresses a desire to learn something new. Your positive attitude towards learning will encourage her to perceive academics and school as enjoyable experiences.
2. Emphasise on the importance of homework: Refrain from saying that homework is unnecessary. Instead, help your child understand its importance and motivate him to complete it. Establish a daily routine for him, like fixing a dedicated time slot to complete the assigned work. While your child is doing homework, make sure there are no distractions like a television set blaring or gadgets beeping. If you are sitting with your child to help him do his homework, refrain from picking up phone calls or doing other housework chores in between.
3. Stress on reading: Apart from being an excellent stress reliever and relaxant, reading stimulates the mind, helps develop vocabulary, and improves thinking abilities. For your child to gain these benefits, help her choose and buy age-appropriate books. A cheaper, yet better, option is to get her to become a member in a nearby library. This would also promote independent learning habits and allow her to explore new subjects of interest.
4. Connect with the school: Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to stay abreast with the goings-on there and connect with other parents. It also provides opportunities to build good rapport with the teachers. This would enable you to get a deeper insight of the process the school adopts for teaching its students, and thus help in guiding your child. Also, make an effort to attend various events organised by the school.
5. Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities: Encourage your child to take up extra-curricular activities like sport, music, dance or theatre. These activities give her a break from the monotony of the regular academic routine and allow her to explore other areas of interest. Moreover, they also lead to the development of social, cognitive and problem-solving skills.
6. Monitor television / Internet / gaming habits: Make sure your child refrains from spending too much time on television and other gadgets. These prove to be major distractions that can affect his physical and emotional well-being. It has generally been observed that children who spend too much time with gadgets tend to get addicted to them and begin neglecting school work. Also, supervise your child’s Internet and mobile usage and teach him how to use them effectively and responsibly.
7. Communicate with the teacher: Meet your child’s teachers on a regular basis to find out about her progress in school and discuss any concerns you may have about her. It’s best to meet your child’s teacher after scheduling an appointment so as to not intrude on her personal time.
8. Fulfil basic needs: Ensure that your child eats a healthy and balanced diet, gets adequate sleep, and keeps good personal hygiene. Good health is important for her overall well-being, helps improve concentration levels and enables better thinking skills and cognitive functioning. So, make your child understand how important it is to follow a healthy lifestyle.
9. Don’t judge by a report card: Don’t always insist on your child scoring high in tests or exams. Instead, encourage him to put in his best effort. He might score higher marks in some subjects than in others because he might be more interested in them. However, make an effort to understand if he is facing any problem in understanding the subjects in which he does not score so well. And, don’t hesitate to get additional help. Praise your child’s efforts when he does well, but don’t criticise him when he doesn’t. Continue to motivate him, else he might lose confidence and belief in himself.
10. Teach respectful behaviour: It is important that your child respects her teachers. So, don’t bad-mouth her teachers or negate anything that they say. Your negative attitude will certainly influence her regard for them and her behaviour at school. Teach her the importance of respecting and valuing the contribution made by teachers to her progress in life.
Your child’s attitude towards learning largely depends on your own attitude towards the learning process. Remember that your child’s learning always extends outside school as well. The relationship between parents and school is mutual, with both contributing to the overall development of the child, motivating her to learn and celebrating her success.
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