Friday, May 29, 2015

Helping Children Succeed In School

Children spend one-half of their waking hours in school or school related activities. Studies show that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school than children whose parents are not involved. Parents' involvement in their children's education is a stronger indicator of their success in school than cultural background, socioeconomic level of the family, or natural individual level of academic capability.

Two activities parents can do to help their children succeed in school are:
Set up a study time at home

Completing homework helps children learn and retain new information. It improves understanding and enhances academic performance. Begin small and work towards the ideal setting. Some helpful suggestions:

* Establish a central location
* Keep area quiet and free of distractions
* Schedule time that best fits family routines
* Divide study time for children who have difficulty with concentration
* Have your child do their homework first before other activities

Communicate effectively with your child's school

This may not be easy to do but can be extremely helpful to your child's success. Some helpful suggestions:

* When attending school activities, prepare yourself with questions or concerns that you want to address.
* Begin communication when things are going well with your child. Give compliments to the teacher through notes or phone conversations.
* When there are problems, share concerns while they are small. Ask how things are going


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