Helping Your Kids Succeed at School
A brand new school year is upon us. With new teachers, friends, and workloads, this can be a daunting time for both parents and children.
Help ensure that your kids kick off a successful 2017 school year by following a few of these simple tips:
- Provide a nutritious breakfast every morningThey say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it turns out that they’re right! Breakfast not only provides your kids with an important boost of energy to help sustain them throughout their busy days, but it also helps to boost their mental abilities. Research suggests that eating a healthy breakfast helps to increase attention spans while also improving memory, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities.
- Pack a nutritious and filling meal for lunchConcentrating on schoolwork can be a lot harder on an empty stomach. Provide your children with sandwiches and fruit to help them stay focused throughout the day. Try not to fill your kids’ lunchboxes with too many sugary items as these can lead to unstable sugar levels, low energy, spikes in blood sugar, and poor concentration.
- Check your children’s timetables with them and ensure they are fully prepared and accountable for the day aheadBy running through tasks, tests and homework requirements with your children each day, you can emphasise the importance of good preparation and time management. Once your children are old enough, you can encourage them to become more responsible for their own timetables.
- Be part of the learning processHomework and tests can seem daunting to children if they aren’t sure of how to approach them. Help your child set up study timetables, ask them to read to you from their textbooks, or test them on their work. This will help them gain the confidence and initiative they need to establish these learning habits themselves.
- Encourage reading in your homeJoin your local library. Reading books, newspapers and online articles is very important. This assists with vocabulary skills while also building a greater awareness of the world around us. Reading has been proven to result in better general knowledge skills and is a great way of stimulating the imagination.
- Limit screen timeMost child development experts recommend limiting children’s daily screen time to no more than two hours a day for children over five years old. Children who spend too much time in front of a screen generally have less energy, are at higher risk of childhood obesity, are more likely to display aggressive behaviour, and are likely to have a harder time at school. As an alternative to screen time (time spent in front of a TV, computer, phone or tablet) why not encourage your children to play with friends, get involved with school sports, make arts and crafts or read.
- ParticipateAttend parents’ days and sports events to show support of your children’s schooling careers. Communicate openly with teachers as they often have insightful feedback on your children’s schooling progress. Work as a team to help your child do the best that they can do.
- Be there for your kids
Talk to your children and take an interest in their days at school. By showing an interest in their schoolwork, you are showing them that education is an important aspect of their lives.
Pay attention to your children’s individual needs. If you can understand where your children succeed and where they need help, you will be able to address learning problems and ensure that they get the most out of their days at school.
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