Four Ways to Help Your Child Have A Successful School Year
Parents want to see their children do well in school, but short of doing their homework for them, how can parents help? Here are four tips to encourage your kids to have a successful school year: 1. Encourage your children to eat healthy. A child's diet can be instrumental to his or her success in school. Just as nutrients serve to feed the child's body, we must teach our children that they feed the mind as well. Over the years, it has become common for students of all ages to skip breakfast, often times due to time constraints in the morning. This causes a lack in nourishment in the morning, which normally cause a child to lose focus throughout the school day. Studies have shown that students who block out time for breakfast tend to perform better in school activities. Start your children’s day right with a tasty and nutritious breakfast. 2. Make a schedule and stick to it. Schedules can be instrumental in a child's success in school. They help to ease the process of the known activities in a child's day so that they have the energy and capacity to deal with the unknowns during school hours. Because younger students largely depend on the guidance of a parent or guardian to assist with daily activities, schedules are especially ideal for elementary students. Plan out a schedule that ensures that your child gives the appropriate amount of time to their activities, whether it be homework, extracurricular activities, fun time, or sleep. 3. Be in tune with your children. Take an interest in their work and the topics they're studying in school. Understand what subjects your child excels in and the subjects that might present them with challenges. Make sure they're completing assignments on time and be ready to provide them with assistance if needed. If you find that your child is stressing over a certain class, try to keep this in mind and try to create an environment in the home that helps to ease this stress. Your children may not always tell you when there may be a problem in their school life, and elementary students may not always be aware they're struggling. It is important that you know your child not only as children, but as students as well. 4. Establish relationships with teachers. Part of being in tune with your children on their educational journey is to be an active participant in their schooling. This often includes establishing an open line of communication with the faculty. It's imperative to foster a relationship with the educators who deal with your child on a regular basis. Doing this will allow you to understand where your child's performance lies during the school year.