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Sunday, September 9, 2018

9 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children To Be Successful Students In School


The roles of parents in the education of their children cannot be overemphasized. The support from parents is very important to helping kids do well academically. Here are 7 ways that parents can help their children to be successful students in school. Read below:

1. Attend Parent-Teacher Association Meetings
Children do better in school when their parents are involved in their academic lives. Your duty as a parent is not just to pay the school fees, feed and clothe the children. Communicating with and visiting the school every now and then is a great way to get to know your child's teachers and their expectations. The teachers and school administrators may discuss your child's progress and their other needs in the process.

Attending parent-teacher meetings (PTA meeting) is another way to stay informed. These are usually held once a term in Nigeria and helps you to follow the progress of the child and make necessary complaint to the school on areas that need improvement. These meetings are a chance to start or continue conversations with your child's teacher, and discuss strategies to help your child do his or her best in class. Meeting with the teacher also lets your child know that what goes on in school will be shared at home.

If your child has special learning needs, additional meetings can be scheduled with teachers and other school staff to help them meet these needs.
Keep in mind that parents or guardians can request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff any time during the school year.

2. Visit the School Premises, Its Website and Social Media Pages.
Being familiar with the school building and environment can help you connect with your child when you talk about the school day. It's good to know the location of the Principal's office, Staff room, school nurse, restaurant, sports complex, playgrounds, school auditorium and laboratories.


On the school website, you can find information about:
  • The school calendar
  • Staff contact information
  • Upcoming events like class trips
  • School upcoming events, etc.

Special resources for parents and students may also be available on the school website or social media pages.

3. Support Homework Expectations
Homework given at school helps to reinforce and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

In addition to making sure your child knows that you see homework as a priority, you can help by creating an effective study environment. Any well-lit, comfortable, and quiet workspace with the necessary supplies will do e.g. a small reading room or library within the house.  Teach them to avoid distractions (like a TV in the background) and setting up a start and end time can also help.

A good rule of thumb for an effective homework and/or study period is roughly 1 hour of homework or studying each school night. If you find that it's often taking significantly longer than this, talk with your child's teacher.

While your child does homework, be available to interpret assignment instructions, offer guidance, answer questions, and review the completed work. But resist the urge to provide the correct answers or complete the assignments yourself. Learning from mistakes is part of the process and you don't want to take this away from your child.

4. Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn
A good and nutritious breakfast empowers the children and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be absent-minded in class, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.

You can help to boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late some mornings, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurt and biscuits. They may not have the chance to eat again until break time.

Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep or not sleeping on time.

Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyperactive behavior and might make it hard for kids to pay attention in class and that will affect academic performance. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

5. Teach Organizational Skills
When kids are organized, they can stay focused instead of spending time hunting things down and getting distracted.
What does it mean to be organized? For schoolwork, it means having an assignment book, class diary and homework folder (many schools supply these) to keep track of homework and projects.

Check your child's assignment book, diary and homework folder every school night so that you're familiar with assignments and your child doesn't fall behind. Set up a folder for papers that you need to check or sign. Also, keep a special box or bin for completed and graded projects and papers that you don't need to keep again.

Talk to your child about keeping his or her school desk orderly so papers that need to come home don't get lost. Teach your child how to use a calendar or personal planner to help stay organized.

It's also helpful to teach your child how to make a to-do list to help prioritize and get things done. It can be as simple as:
  • Homework
  • Soccer
  • Put clothes away
No one is born with great organizational skills. They need to be learned and practiced.

6. Teach Study Skills
Studying for a test or examination can be scary for young children, and many teachers assume parents will help their kids to study in preparation for a test or examination. Introducing your child to study skills now will pay off with good learning habits throughout life. Encourage them to study and monitor them while they do. Most kids won't study on their own unless monitored.

Be sure to know when a test is scheduled so you can help your child study ahead of time rather than just the night before. You also might need to remind your child to bring home the right study materials, such as notes, study guides, books and exam timetables.

Teach your child how to break down overall tasks into smaller, manageable chunks so preparing for a test isn't overwhelming. You also can introduce your child to tricks like mnemonic devices to help with recalling information. 

Remember that taking a break after a 45-minute study period is an important way to help kids process and remember information.

Your child probably will be introduced to standardized testing in elementary school. While students can't really study for standardized tests, some teachers provide practice tests to help ease students' worries.
In general, if studying and testing becomes a source of stress for your child, discuss the situation with the teacher or school counselor.

7. Know the Disciplinary Policies
Schools usually cite their disciplinary policies (sometimes called the student code of conduct) in student handbooks. The rules cover expectations, and consequences for not meeting the expectations, for things like student behavior, dress codes, use of electronic devices, and acceptable language.

The policies may include details about attendance, vandalism, cheating, fighting, and weapons. Many schools also have specific policies about bullying. It's helpful to know the school's definition of bullying, consequences for bullies, support for victims, and procedures for reporting bullying.

It's important for your child to know what's expected at school and that you'll support the school's consequences when expectations aren't met. It's easiest for students when school expectations match the ones at home, so kids see both environments as safe and caring places that work together as a team.

8. Get Involved
Whether children are just starting kindergarten or entering their last year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to get involved at school. It's a great way for parents to show they're interested in their kids' education.

Many children like to see their parents at school or at school events. But follow your child's cues to find out how much interaction works for both of you. 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.

 Make it clear that you aren't there to spy, you're just trying to help out the school community.

Parents can get involved by:
  • Organizing and/or working at school events
  • Attending field trips
  • Planning class parties
  • Attending school PTA meetings
  • Reading a story to the class
  • Giving a talk for career day
  • Attending school concerts or plays

Sacrificing a few hours during the school year can make a strong impression on your child.

9. Take Attendance Seriously
Sick kids should stay home from school if they have a fever, headache, vomiting, or have diarrhea. Kids who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, complain of pain, or who just don't seem to be acting "themselves" should also might benefit from a sick day off.

Otherwise, it's important that kids arrive at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
If your child is missing a lot of school due to illness, make sure to check with the teacher about any work that needs to be completed. It's also a good idea to know the school's attendance policy.

Sometimes students want to stay home from school because of problems with classmates, assignments or grades, or even teachers. This can result in real symptoms, like headaches or stomach aches. If you think there's a problem at school, talk with your child and then perhaps with the teacher to find out more about what's causing the anxiety. The school counselor or school psychologist also might be able to help.

Also try to avoid late bedtimes, which can result in lateness and tired students. A consistent sleep schedule also can help students.

The years of schooling are an important time for parents to be informed and supportive about their child's education and to set the stage for children to develop and grow as learners for a great future.

If you have more contributions on how parents can assist the school with the education of their children, kindly leave your opinion in the comment box below. Thanks.

2 comments:

  1. Very nice tip for parents. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Great and impactful tips on parental assistance on educational development of their wards. Besides the aforementioned, there is the need for parents to create a positive mindset regarding school programs, goals and objectives. Criticism of school activities should be channeled constructively and not with biased mind. Parents, teachers and students are major stakeholders in teaching and learning activities. The role of each member complements that of another hence there mustbe mutual understanding and collective responsibility in grooming the young ones. Thanks.

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