Studies show that when parents are involved, students perform better in school. Every parent wants their child to so well in school, but it can be tough to know where to draw the line between being supportive and actually doing the child’s work.
Rolling up your sleeves from time to time with projects and assignments is a great way to show kids that education is important, but it’s also important to let children experience the highs and the lows of learning—and the effort that is often required—on their own.
While most kids need a little support from Mom and Dad from time to time. It’s important to remember that ultimately, school is about helping children become organized, independent thinkers, both responsible and capable of taking academic risks.
So how can you get involved in their kids education without being too involved? Here are some suggestions
Communicate. Talk to your kids about school every day. Ask specific questions about classes. Rather than asking, “how was school?” ask, “how was math class? What did you learn?” Parents should know their kids schedule and teachers’ names, and stay on top of upcoming projects and assignments.
Help with Homework. There are a lot of DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to homework help. It boils down to two basic rules: Help, but don’t do the work for them. Parents should help create a homework-friendly atmosphere where children can focus and get the work done without getting stressed out or losing motivation.
Organization. Morning, after-school, and evening routines all require organization to run smoothly. Whether it’s emptying book bags right after school, picking out school clothes the night before, or enforcing bedtimes, an organized routine teaches kids consistency, which pays off in school. If disorganization is a problem at home, it’s likely a problem at school. Kids who demonstrate consistent organization skills at home transfer those skills with them to the classroom. Help kids get organized at home, and you’ll help them be organized in school.
Set Goals Together. Part of the communication process involves setting academic goals for the school year. Help kids learn to think about long-term outcomes by discussing personal and academic ambitions, big or small. Be sure to keep goals realistic, achievable, and measurable. Use calendars, planners, and agendas to keep the big picture in mind.
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