The developing minds of our youth are vulnerable, thirsty for knowledge and in need of guidance. Education is among the most essential elements to our young ones, not only surviving, but thriving in society. In turn, a society can flourish at the hands of wise up-and-comers. From the first days of pre-k up until graduation day, learning how to process and absorb information is a critical task that students undertake; yet relying solely on teachers to carry out this task can be detrimental to the process.
Teachers- amazing, noble, smart, capable teachers- carry the weight of not just YOUR child’s education, but also the education of dozens, if not hundreds of other students. On the best day, that’s a lot to handle, and these days are far from the “glory days” of our education system. Even the most motivated teachers and students must fight to overcome setbacks. Simply put, leaving it up to “the system” to shape your child’s mind is less than ideal.
Even parents without a lot of spare time, or a higher education can still make an impact on a child’s success with just some minor efforts. Here are a few simple ways:
1. Show an interest in what your kid is learning. Even if it’s not in the traditional manner of sitting around the dining room table, discussing the day’s affairs. If you work past their bedtimes and face time is rare, writing encouraging notes, texting questions about school projects and actively checking in with teachers via phone or email lets them know that even when you’re not around, you’re still in-the-know, and your presence felt.
2. Setting expectations can greatly contribute to your child’s success in the classroom. Although disciplining students is part of the gig, teachers may wind up having to spend more time on disciplining and less time on actual teaching if they are the only ones encouraging good behavior. Being consistent with the rules at home will allow your child to spend more time taking in new information and less time avoiding detention.
3. Consistent routines, like the same bedtime every night, can better prepare your child for a day’s worth of learning. If homework is done at the same time every day, then it becomes habit rather than a constant battle.
4. Putting a fun spin on learning is a unique way to keep children invested in their own education. Whether it’s involving them in a challenging game, like a crossword puzzle, or piquing their interest with a prestigious learning instruments, like a high end stainless steel ballpoint pen or the start of an encyclopedia collection, taking their interest for learning outside of the classroom can increase their self motivation.
5. Working out goals with your child is helpful at any level. Whether it’s to get a “C” in their hardest class, having a better morning routine or finishing assignments on time, reassessing and reestablishing educational goals together with your child gives them something to strive for, and can even become a fun way to spend quality time together.