Should you be involved in your children’s school work, or should they be responsible for it on their own? After all, haven’t they learned all they needed from their teachers throughout the day? In today’s high-stakes and high-pressure game of school, parents are unsure of their exact roles in promoting their children’s learning. Well, you should not be in total control of completing your child’s homework. However, guiding them through will help them academically, developmentally, and emotionally. Here are a few ways how you can help your child apply their school skills at home:
Have a Daily Schedule
Collaborate with your child’s school teachers, and find out their goals and expectations. You can then lay down the list of activities and goals that your kid is supposed to accomplish daily. Next, create a daily schedule including snacks, tea breaks, wiggles or stretches, fun games, and free choice hours. Include your child in the plan, allow them to decorate their schedule, and stick it on their space. Remember that every child is unique, with different learning abilities, styles, and preferences.
Create a Conducive Study Space for School Work
Set aside a space in your home that is conducive to learning— somewhere that can be used daily. It should be clean, quiet, well-organized, and away from distractions such as phones, computers, and televisions. Allow your child to decorate and organize it so that they can feel more in charge. It should also be equipped with all the school learning materials, including books, pens, staplers, calculators, etc.
Encourage Them to Read
The importance of being an avid reader is usually understated. However, encouraging your child to be an avid reader is one of the most effective ways of helping them succeed in and after school. Reading suitable materials will keep them knowledgeable and help them understand other school subjects. After all, it is the gateway to lifelong learning.
Yoga and mindfulness enhance focus and attention, memory, confidence, and self-esteem. Various studies have also shown that yoga improves classroom behavior and academic performance and reduces stress and anxiety in children. This will help them excel both in school and in real life.
Communication is Key Regarding School Work
Encourage your child to ask for help. Teach them to express their feelings and challenges with you, their siblings, teachers, and peers. Doing so will make them confident enough to ask, receive and offer support and form strong working relationships.
Be Creative When it Comes to School Work
They are plenty of learning opportunities besides traditional school work. For instance, age-appropriate house chores will improve your kid’s with their planning, execution, and problem-solving abilities. If they are of age, cooking can help them learn various concepts such as measuring, following guidelines, planning, patience, organization, and tolerance. Scheduling free activity time will help them improve their imagination, creativity, self-discipline, and regulation time.
The secret to helping your children excel in academics is knowing exactly when to step in. Make them understand that you are always there to guide them through the challenge, but it is also crucial to work independently. Encourage focus, dedication, determination, and consistency in education and real life.