The success of your child in elementary school is not only dependent on the teachers, you as a parent have a big role to play. It is you who is responsible for laying the foundation of learning in your child, the teachers can only do so much.
Children are born learners, they are curious about everything and anything in the world around them. So, you want to be careful about what you say and what you do. When you have a positive attitude about school, your child will develop a similar attitude which can further help him succeed in elementary school.
Over time, whatever your child does, how he sees education and his attitude towards life in general will be as a result of what he has learnt from you.
Success or failure at school starts at home,therefore, you want to tread with caution. Every parent wants their child to succeed in school, the problem isn’t always that you don’t have the time, it’s probably because you don’t know the best way to help.
The necessary hacks needed to help your child in elementary school are not exactly far fetched. Below are some ways you can help your child succeed in elementary school.
- Homework- only be a guide
- Teach your child to study
- Be sure to send your child to bed early
- Practice healthy eating habits
- Get actively involved
- Make time to talk with your child
- Never miss a Parent-Teacher meeting
- Make good attendance and punctuality a priority
- Be a cheerleader
- Make no excuses
- Set limitations on TV and video games
- Teach your child to be organised
- Learning is not seasonal
Homework- only be a guide
If you are always tempted to help your child with a challenging assignment, you really should fight off this impulse. The reason is this, if you consistently provide a child with complete answers every time, you are not allowing him the room to learn, he will learn not to trust in his own abilities but always depend on yours or someone else’s
One thing to be understood is the child’s homework is not exactly your job,it’s his responsibility, only be available as a guide.
If you consistently complete homeworks for your child, the teacher may be led to believe your child has an understanding of the assignment he barely knows. As a result, the teacher may not provide your child with the appropriate help he needs.
However, while they are younger and in early elementary grades,you may want to provide more assistance, but as they advance, reduce your involvement, offer occasional clues here and there, interpret instructions,offer guidance, rather than just providing answers, let the child work.
It is okay for the child to make some mistakes, let him learn from the mistakes, it’s all part of the process. Train your child to be independent and trust in his abilities.
Teach your child to study
In elementary school, children are often required to take tests in different subjects. So, you really shouldn’t wait this one out, introduce your child to study skills early enough, help your child develop a study routine. Be up to speed on the dates for these tests so you can help your child study way ahead of time.
Having to study for a test can be overwhelming and scary for a child, so you want to avoid the 11th hour approach.Teach your child how to correctly understand the questions and tackle them.
You can take it a step further by creating a study environment,with good light, away from distractions, make sure it is a quiet place with a table, comfortable chair and other necessary study supplies, and organise study time-tables.
Develop a study routine for 40-45 minutes at most everyday depending on how old the child is if possible. Remember to always include study breaks! In this case, you’re teaching the child to see studying as a priority .
Make sure to send your child to bed early
Children need the right amount of sleep to stay alert. Lack of adequate sleep in children can make it hard for kids to concentrate or assimilate in school. Kids need between 10-12 hours of sleep per night early.
Maintaining a steady sleep routine is very crucial especially on school nights. However, maintaining a steady sleep routine can be difficult sometimes as a result of extracurricular activities such as homework , the TV etc.
Be sure to find the best solutions that work for your child!
Practice healthy eating habits
Make sure to feed your child with healthy and substantial breakfast each day. You certainly do not expect a child who isn’t eating right to do so well in school.
Be sure to feed your child with breakfast foods rich in protein, fibe retc. With the right diet, you’re boosting your child’s attention in class, and memory. Also feed your child fruits, yoghurt, etc
Get actively involved
At whatever stage your kids are in elementary school, you should endeavour to be a big part of it, it shows you are interested in their education. Volunteer at school by joining a parent teacher organisation, attend important teacher-parent conferences that help you stay informed.
While at home you can always read to your child,get books that are suitable for his level , ask about homeworks, what was learnt in school, use routine household events like sorting laundry, and shopping for groceries to teach your child about colours,numbers, simple mathematics etc.
At school, talk to the teachers about your child , ask about what your children will be learning each year ,ask for suggestions on how to help your child at home, and about anything you do not understand or you are concerned about.
Consider contacting the teacher if your child is experiencing difficulty in comprehending homework or in any other subject, talk to the teacher. Visit your child’s classroom at least once in a while during school hours just to observe.
Also, it is important that you give your child small rewards for success either as a result of what was done at school- getting good grades, or at home- tackling assignments willingly. This way you are encouraging your child to keep up the good work.
If your child gets a poor grade, talk about what happened, your child may need a private tutor or didn’t study well enough. Find solutions to ensure better results next time. Also encourage your child to develop good learning habits and then do the best he or she can.
However, pay attention to your child to find out what works for you,whilst some are comfortable with having their parents in school and all school events, yours may not.
If your child seems uncomfortable with your presence at the school or with your involvement in an extracurricular activity, consider taking a more behind-the-scenes approach. Let them know you are just trying to help.
Whatever you do, get involved , a few hours once in a while can go a long way to contribute to the success of your child
Never miss a Parent-Teacher meeting
These meetings are held very few times every school year, mostly at the start and end of every school year. Here, you have the opportunity to get to know all your child’s teachers, you get more firsthand information about your child’s progress, what is needed, what to be improved upon .
These meetings serve as an eye opener , you get to equip you with strategies to help your child be better in school.
Make Time to Talk About School
Remember, communication is key so you want to start as early as when your child is in elementary school. Make time to talk to your children about school everyday so they know how important it is to you.
Talk to your child about school, about specific interests, which subjects he likes the most and vice versa, where he is experiencing difficulties and vice versa. Talk far and wide about everything school related, even favourite teachers. Also, find out about it
It is usually very easy to talk with elementary students about what’s going on in class and the latest news at school. Find out about what books your child is currently reading, if you don’t already know. It is quite normal for you to get so busy that you forget to ask simple questions, which can have an effect on children’s success at school.
When having this conversation with your child listen carefully, make eye contact, respond accordingly, and void multitasking. When children see how important their education is to their parents, they’ll take it more seriously
Make Good Attendance and Punctuality Your Priority
You must start early with kids. It is important to know and notelets grow up practicing what they have learned over time from parents. If you don’t take attendance and punctuality seriously, your child will grow upupngngs missing a lot of school for no good reason, he or she is certainly missing out on a lot of learning and it isn’t exactly easy to start the catch-up process.
Only have your child stay home if there is a case of fever, diarrhea, headaches stomach ache, or general body pain or other illness-related issues. If your child is reluctant to go to school, be sure to ask questions, talk to your child to find out exactly what the problem is.
As earlier mentioned, send your child to bed early so he doesn’t wake up tired.
Be a cheerleader
For a child to be optimistic about learning, he must first feel good about himself. On good grades day, reward efforts, on bad days, encourage your child. Be mindful of using derogatory words because they can stick and continue to affect your child’s overall performance, don’t give the message that school isn’t for him.
Whatever you do, do not be the reason why your child believes he isn’t good enough to excel at school. Rather, be positive! It can be contagious.
If your child does poorly in a particular subject, never make excuses, avoid using statements like “‘math isn’t for everybody, Afterall did well in English” even if you think it will make him feel better.
The reason is, you are giving your child reasons for making excuses whenever it is convenient. You are telling your child math isn’t for him so he shouldn’t bother putting his back into it.
Set limitations on TV and Video games
The example you set will make more of an impression than your words. Make sure your child also sees you reading, the more your child sees you learning, the more excited he will be about learning. Limit the amount of TV your child watches to a considerable number of hours per week. Only allow your child to watch programs that have useful ties to school work, education programs only. Discuss these programs with your child.
If you have no set limitations on how long and how often your child is playing video games, now is the right time. Too much TV and video games indulgence is not exactly what you want your child to grow up with.
Teach your child to be organized
You are probably wondering what it means to teach a child at the elementary level to be organized. Well, it means teaching your child how to keep his books organized at home and in school so nothing goes missing and everything stays in order. Where and when to do homework, where to put dirty clothes etc.
Teaching your child organizational skills helps your child develop effective learning habits. Teach your child and watch him succeed!
Learning is not seasonal.
Holidays don’t mean your kid should stop learning or studying. Instead of just allowing your child to play the holiday away, make study schedules, review things learned in the past, encourage your child to learn new things, take your child to the library and museum if possible, If you must play games, let it be educational.