Your time at school may have been a long time ago, but I’m sure that you can remember a lot about it. It is such an important and defining period in all of our lives that it can be incredibly difficult to forget about. Not only that, though, but everything that we experience and the people we encounter at such a young age can go a long way in defining who we are and shaping our childhood. There’s no denying that our time at school will heavily influence how we grow up and the kind of adult we become.
So, as you can probably already tell, it is crucial that every child has a positive experience of school and education as a whole. Lots of parents are willing to do as much as they can to help support their children throughout their school life. With the right support and encouragement behind them, children can achieve their true potential and will be able to benefit from both the educational and social side of the school.
It can be all too easy to start to worry if you have a reason to believe that your child isn’t performing quite as well in school as they should be. Or maybe you are worried because they seem to struggle to make friends with their classmates. Thankfully, there is a variety of ways you can help and support your child in different aspects of their schooling. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Create A Homework Friendly Space At Home
As a parent, you can be a great help when it comes to your child’s homework. One of the first things you should do to help them with their after-school work and projects is to create an environment in your home that is optimized for work and studying. This should be a quiet place where there are no distractions that could keep them from their work. It should also be free from screens, books, and anything else that they might consider using for procrastination. If you have a spare bedroom, you might want to turn that into a study area. Don’t worry if you don’t have a spare room for this, though – you might want to turn a corner of your living room into a peaceful workspace. Generally speaking, it isn’t a good idea to put their homework space in their own bedroom as they could be very easily distracted in there, especially if it is full of toys.
Help Them With Projects When They Need Help
Some parents have a tendency to help their children a bit too much with all their school work. Of course, it is good to help, but you shouldn’t end up doing all of their work for them as they just won’t benefit from it at all! So, it’s a good idea to stand back and let them get on with things on their own initiative. They can always reach out to you if they are ever stuck or run into problems. Once you do step into help them, make sure you don’t give too much away and end up telling them the answer.
Ensure They Eat Well
You might not think that your child’s diet is having an impact on how they are doing at school but, trust me, it absolutely is! Making sure that they follow a healthy diet is critical as it can help them focus and concentrate when they are in the classroom. There are lots of vitamins and minerals that can promote healthy brain function, such as Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and a diet rich in these can help improve your child’s learning skills. So, make sure they eat foods that have high levels of these, including spinach, oily fish, and whole grains. There are also some foods you should avoid as well. For example, fizzy drinks like Coca-Cola and lemonade will have high levels of caffeine in them. Caffeine can increase your child’s anxiety and make them feel very stressed – obviously, that isn’t good when they are busy with their schoolwork! It’s also generally agreed that children should have limited amounts of sugar and fatty foods as these can also negatively affect their concentration.
Let Them Take A Break
Remember that everything is best in moderation. Too much of anything can be bad, and that is especially the case with work and studying. If you encourage your children to spend too long working on their homework or studying for future tests, you could find that all that work ends up being counterproductive. Doing so much work at once will only lead to them to burn out. Their concentration will start to wane, and they will be a lot more inclined to start to procrastinate. So, ensure your child is taking plenty of breaks. Ideally, they should have a short five-minute break for every hour and a longer thirty-minute break for every half-day they study. This gives them the chance to recharge their batteries, grab a drink, and go back to their desk feeling a lot more refreshed.
Let Them Make Mistakes
You shouldn’t wrap your children up in bubble wrap – they need to be free to make some mistakes in their life, and this should even be the case at school and with their studies. After all, making mistakes isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, children can really benefit from them as they provide them with life lessons. If your children are quite badly affected by some of their mistakes, there are some ways you can go about making them feel better. It could be worth speaking to their teacher, as they might know all about helping students bounce back from a difficult experience. It’s also worth continually reassuring children that their mistakes aren’t always as bad as they may seem and they will quickly be forgotten by everyone over time.
Speak To Their Teacher
If you have tried all you can to support your child but nothing that you do seems to make a difference, it could be worth having a word with their teacher. Their teacher will see them every day in the classroom and will have first-hand experience of how your child learns and works together with the other pupils. So, she might be able to see things from a different perspective and give you some additional advice that could be helpful. It’s also a good idea to speak to their teacher if you want to find out more about what your child is currently learning about in school. You might find that kids aren’t always enthusiastic to discuss what they have been getting up to in the classroom, so it’s always a good idea to speak to their teacher directly if you want to find out as much as possible.
Encourage Good Organizational Skills
Organizational skills are one of the many transferable skills that we will all need throughout our life. They can be easy to pick up at any point in our life, and they also come as we gain more experience, but it’s always good to try and encourage your child to be organized from an early age. This will help them greatly in all of their schoolwork. Plus, it will really help to improve their time management skills. Once your child is used to organizing themselves more, they will be able to manage their time a lot better and will be able to figure out exactly which projects they need to prioritize. One way you can try to show your children the importance of being organized is to set a good example yourself. If they see you being highly organized around them, then they will want to try and copy you.
Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep
If your children are ever lacking in sleep, they will be extremely tired and fatigued. This isn’t good for their health and it certainly won’t do them any good at school. They will be very irritated and could have trouble concentrating in class. By the time they get home, there will be no chance that they would want to carry on with homework or revision! So, to prevent too many arguments when you are trying to get them to do their homework, it’s a good idea to try and encourage as much sleep as possible. Ideally, they need to get around eight to nine hours of sleep each evening in order to feel well-rested the next day.
Encourage Open Communication
You should also encourage your children to communicate openly and honestly with you about things that are going on at school. This way, they will be a lot more likely to open up to you about any issues that they may be facing, such as bullying. You want to encourage them to talk to you about this kind of stuff, otherwise, it could impact on their mental health.
Once you follow all of this advice, your child will be extremely well supported throughout their time at school!
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