It’s back to school! And after the euphoria of being back with friends and teachers they love, children will often experience a little mourning about going back to school. The intense work each day, the homework… It’s enough to discourage many. Here is how to support them in this new school year. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips to help your kids with their studies.
1. Get them into a good routine
Even if after the vacations, children often don’t want to go to bed earlier, re-establishing a routine is essential! They need it, no matter what they say, to get them up early enough to have energy for the whole day. Bringing back some structure around meals and family time is also important.
2. Be positive
When parents are enthusiastic about school, children are much more likely to be as well! It is important to demonstrate the value placed on school, homework, and activities. Children often get their school motivation from their own families!
Whether it’s stories you can read with them or stimulating their taste for reading on a daily basis, it’s one of the best gifts you can give them. If you haven’t already done so, sign them up for the public library and visit it often! Also, try to lead by example and always keep reading material at home. Running out of time? Even a little 10 minutes a day before bedtime is good for you.
4. Don’t make it a competition
Some children simply do better than others. Whether it’s within the same sibling, with other children in the neighborhood, or in the classroom, remember that everyone learns at their own pace and try not to make comparisons. Their progress is not always linear or equal. The important thing is that everyone develops their potential… After all, it’s not necessarily the top of the class who succeed in life!
5. Get them moving
Playing outside, playing sports, and taking a walk: are all activities that not only allow them to relax but also maximize their ability to learn. Exercise (and fresh air!) has a direct effect on brain function, memory, and concentration, among other things.
6. Act quickly
If you sense that there is a problem with your child at school, whether it is academic, behavioral, or relational, do not wait for the situation to get worse. Talk to your child’s teacher or the person involved (at the daycare, for example) and try to implement solutions. The school staff is there to partner with parents in any situation.
7. Refresh your own knowledge
It’s probably been a long time since you went to school… and the subjects taught have changed quite a bit. In order to better help your children in their daily lives, it’s good to brush up on multiplication tables, basic conceptions, geometry concepts, or even how to do division. There are many tutorials for parents (and children) online.
8. Ask for help
A family should never hesitate to turn to outside resources when they need them! Whether for specific questions, particular situations, or more pronounced difficulties, know that there is help available. To ease your burden as a parent and simply help with homework, consider looking at classified ads or asking around: this could be a dream student job for a local teen.
9. Encourage their independence
It is very important for children to develop their autonomy, and especially to find solutions to their “problems” and learn from them. This applies differently depending on the age and particular needs of the children, of course, but as a general rule, it is better not to do too much for them.
Did your high schooler not study for his test when he had plenty of time? Let them get a bad grade instead of trying to negotiate a test postponement with the teacher. Forgot his gym clothes? Don’t carry them for him. Maybe he’ll remember it next time!
10. Encourage them!
Whether for small victories or big ones, never hesitate to tell your children that they did well and that you are proud of them! This will help them develop their self-confidence and stimulate them to surpass themselves.
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