How to Help Children Thrive in School
School is something that doesn’t come naturally for every child. That doesn’t mean they aren’t as smart as the others; it just may not be the environment that they naturally excel in. For a child that struggling to keep up with the curriculum, falling behind in their assignments, and just generally feeling overwhelmed, it can be very stressful. This is exactly why parents need to be able to step in and help their kids to take control of the situation and eliminate as much of that stress as possible.
But how can that be done? Here we’ll take a look at some of the ways you can help your child to thrive in school. Even if they aren’t feeling overwhelmed, these tips can still help and build their confidence so they can keep pushing forward.
Open Up the Lines of Communication
The first tip is arguably the most important one, but it can be difficult to achieve depending on the age of the child. Making sure the lines of communication are open means your child will feel comfortable coming to you when they need help, have concerns, or are feeling stressed. Although you can still watch for warning signs that they are in over their head, if they feel comfortable coming to you, then the hope is that you catch things early on.
Children also need to know that by coming to you and expressing their concerns and thoughts, they won’t get into trouble and you will show them empathy and hear them out.
Create a Study Schedule
Creating a study schedule at home is another way to help kids to thrive. Even if they don’t have any homework that particular day, encourage them to spend 15 minutes just studying and going over the notes from their day. It’s a great way to better remember lessons, and it may spark some questions they can ask of you.
Of course, balance will also be important, in that they need to have downtime and time to just be a kid and not worry about school.
Connect with Your Child’s Teacher
Sometimes, it may also be necessary for you to connect with your child’s teacher. If your child is having a lot of issues, then contact the teacher and ask for tips and help on how you can help them to better understand the information. They may have study resources, websites and tips that they can share with you.
Use Online Practice Tests to Help Them Prepare
Another great tip is to practice as much as possible, and this can be done with the help of online practice tests. Practicing gives them a chance to really absorb the content they are learning, apply it in different manners, and start to feel more confident in themselves. It’s also important not to reserve the practicing until the last possible moment right before a big test or exam. Instead, they can practice as they go and truly reinforce the lessons.
Hire a Tutor
Then there is the simple fact that you may not be enough in terms of help; they may in fact benefit from a tutor. They may not need a tutor for every subject, but just one or two. This can really help to fill in those gaps and help them to thrive in the topics they had previously found difficult to grasp.
The key is to not wait until your kids are struggling before you step in; as a parent, you want to be sure you see those early warning signs and step in at that point.