As a parent, your child’s academic progress is one area you must never overlook. Although a tad stressful, it must be done. Follow these 10 steps to boost your child’s academic performance
Read, read, and read: Teachers can only play their part in exposing your kids to knowledge and information. They can also urge them to read their books but as a parent you also play an important role in ensuring that your kids are well read and read every time. Reading is the key to your child’s success in school. While teaching them to read, you don’t always have to read to them, you can also ask questions, discuss the stories and ask for their own summary of what has been discussed.
Know what your child is studying at school: Don’t just read to them, check their notebooks, and ask what they have been discussing in school. You can even ask your child’s teacher if you can help out occasionally at school so as to observe your child in their academic and social setting in school.
Don’t just look out for A’s: Some parents are not just satisfied with their kids getting A’s. Encourage your kids to put their best foot forward in making A’s and if they don’t, ensure you support whatever they come home with and ensure that do better by helping her out with assignments.
Take care of the basics: Academics will only go along way with the help of proper hygiene, nutritious food and enough sleep. Regular medical check up is very important for your child in order to know how he or she is fairing. For example, the ministry of education in British Columbia reports that children who eat a healthy breakfast before school experience enhanced academic performance, concentration, and cognitive functioning.
Talk to your child’s teacher regularly: The main essence of talking to your child’s teacher regularly is to ensure you know what’s going on with him or her. Always ensure that you make enough inquires while talking to your child’s teacher so as to ensure that he or she in good shape and the right presence of mind to learn.
What’s your child’s motivation: Knowing what motivates your child is actually a stimulant to knowing how to go about tackling his or her fears. Ensure you teach your child how to choose good rather than how to choose well out of fear. At the end, this concept actually goes a long way in ensuring that your child makes the right choices in life.
Allow your child to succeed-and fail-on their own: Never underestimate the power of consequences. Carolyn Wakefield says, “The most successful students are those who learn to be responsible, dependable and organized through trial and error. The best life lessons sometimes come from failures or learning how not to do something.”
Practice discipline and respect at home: Discipline breeds success, respect and also helps in building relationships. Disrespect is a consistent problem in the classroom, however some parents depend on the school for discipline. Unknown to them, discipline is something that needs to be enforced from home and not the school. According to Tessa Hobbs says, “If children are not required to act a certain way at home, then they are most likely not going to act that way when they walk into a classroom.”
Praise and Encouragement: Praise and encourage your kids especially when they have been outstanding one way or the other at school. Encouragement goes a long way in ensuring consistency from your kid especially when he or she knows there’s a price for his performance at school. Let you child know that you are proud of him and also remind him that he can do better.