10 Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

10 Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

“What are some ways to help my child succeed in school?” We hear this question from so many of our parents, who are eager to assist their kids in any way possible as they navigate the educational system. We’ve put together a list of ideas for how moms and dads can help their children succeed in school — and it starts with being an active part of the learning process.
  1. Talk to Their Teachers

Staying involved at school doesn’t just keep you abreast of any potential problems happening there. It also helps you understand your child’s learning environment. Knowing a teacher can open your eyes to how problems are addressed and give teachers an inside scoop when your child needs extra assistance.
  1. Oversee Homework Time

If your child consistently does their homework without being told, great — but you should watch them to see if they have any difficulties. Even preschool-aged kids completing an ABCs drawing need supervision so you can learn their strengths and weaknesses.
  1. Ask for Assistance

You may pick up on things the school doesn’t, such as behavioral tendencies. If you think your child would benefit from testing or special services, ask for them.
  1. Monitor Progress Reports

Preschools and elementary schools offer reports — sometimes even daily ones — to keep you informed. Read these, even when you are tired at the end of a long work day. They tell you a lot about how your child is doing not just academically but socially and emotionally, a huge part of their development.
  1. Listen to Your Child

You don’t always have to act or react. Pay attention to your child’s particular needs, and obey their wishes as long as it doesn’t put them in harm’s way. If they want to handle a trying academic situation by themselves at first, let them try.
  1. Volunteer at School

Schools and preschools always need volunteers, and this presents an excellent opportunity to interact with your child outside the home. You may see a different side of them.
  1. Pose Questions

If you don’t understand a grade or a course of action taken by the school, ask. They will be happy to explain.
  1. Demonstrate a Love of Learning

Children pick up on what’s around them. When they hear you speak ill of something, they will adopt the same attitude. But if they hear you praise something, they will do it too. Having a positive attitude toward education will help them learn.
  1. Get Out of the House

How to encourage learning out of school? Go to museums, visit historical landmarks, take in a ball game, or hit the road for an adventure. New experiences where kids observe fresh surroundings help open their minds.
  1. Offer Encouragement

A “way to go” or “great job” from a parent means so much to a child looking for their approval. Find something specific to praise — not just a good grade but rather the way your kid studied for a test or their unique approach to a drawing assignment. When you do these 10 things, your child will gain confidence in their own abilities and buckle down in the classroom. Being an active part of your child’s education is the best gift you can give them. To learn more about ways to encourage your child’s success, contact FishCreek Kids Academy at (281) 259-3474, register online or contact us.