Mount Vernon Nazarene University, B.A. Early Childhood Education
10 Ways You Help Your Child Lead and Succeed!
1. Teach them that learning is their "job".
Parent's often ask what they can do to get their child more interested in a subject area or task. Of course, everyone can learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what students really need to learn is that they must also learn things they don't find particularly interesting. That is a student's job.
2. Aim High!
Parent expectations have a HUGE impact on student performance. If you don't expect your child to do well, your expectations will probably be met.
3. Distinguish Studying From Learning.
Verify that your child has learned the material expected. Quiz them over the information. Quiz them again over the same information every couple days, and then in a week. This will help them to learn and remember, which is a life skill.
4. Prioritize Study Time.
Every child needs down time, but as a matter of priority, children should be encouraged to work first and play second. Eventually this will develop excellent work habits which can result in big pay off! Combine this with regular study times and it's a win-win!
5. Provide a Proper Homework Environment.
Children need a quiet and consistent place to work, as well as all the supplies to help them be successful (pencils, paper, etc.)
6. Let Them Figure Things Out On Their Own.
Allow your child to think through problems at length before stepping in. It's okay for them to struggle as this is part of learning something new. At the same time, it is appropriate to help your child when they have made a legitimate, but unsuccessful, effort to learn something without assistance.
7. Help Teach Reading Comprehension.
Many children read something without remembering or understanding what it means. To help aid that gap, remind your child not to begin reading the next paragraph until they've understood what they already read. Encourage them to take notes, ask questions, and wonder things as they read.
8. Have Them Go Above and Beyond.
Generally speaking, the more you practice, the more thoroughly they learn and retain. When possible or appropriate, encourage your child to try more than the teacher assigned.
9. Make Learning a Four-Season Endeavor.
Summer is a great time for reviewing and learning new skills! Sharpen those minds by challenging them to a game of checkers, or following a recipe carefully.
10. Set a Good Example!
Let your child see that learning doesn't end when we leave school. Whether it's studying, exploring, or doing household responsibilities, let them know they are still learning!