You only want the best for your child, and this is especially true when it comes to their education. It can be difficult to get an idea of your child’s attitude and habits when he or she is at school simply due to the fact that you are not there, but there are still things you can do to better their chances at succeeding academically. Here’s a quick look at some of the best things you can do in order to have your child perform better at school.
Speak with your child’s teacher
Whether it’s through a phone call, over a cup of coffee, or at a parent teacher conference, it’s a good idea to try and speak with your child’s teacher when you can to get some information regarding how your child is doing. You can ask about grades, their behaviour in class and around other children, and just their general attitude.
If necessary, apply for special services
If your child is having problems learning, or is falling behind the rest of the class because of a learning disability of any kind, you should look into what is available at their school in terms of special services and extra help. Most schools will happily accommodate a child with special educational needs.
Help them with their homework
Plenty of kids can struggle with their homework and can feel helpless without a teacher or classmates close at hand; this is where you come in as a parent. You should try and be there for your child when he or she needs help with homework. Getting a little bit of help from mom and dad is going to make your child feel a lot less stressed out.
Help them prepare for tests
Homework can be stressful sure, but a test can really stress a child out. Your child is going to feel a lot of pressure when there is a test coming up, especially if it is on a subject that he or she is struggling with. Just as you would take some time to help them with their homework, try and allocate some time to preparing a few practice tests for your child and helping them to study.
Monitor TV, computer, and videogame time
It’s ok to allow your child some time each evening with TV, computers, and videogames, but you don’t want to overdo it. Too much time with these things will take time away from your child’s homework and studying. Work out a suitable schedule with your child and make sure they follow it.
Get involved at your child’s school
Whether through volunteering or joining a parent teacher group, getting involved at your child’s school is a great way to perhaps spend some more time around them and their teacher. It’s another good way to get some insider information on how your child is functioning and behaving in the classroom.
So there you have it, some great ways to be more involved in helping your child to succeed in the classroom! Education is an amazing thing, so help your child make the most of it!