Simple things you can do at home to help your child succeed in school.
Parents spend a lot of time researching local schools and finding homes in towns with highly-rated schools. Great schools are fantastic, but if you truly want your child to succeed in school, home is the place to start!
5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School
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A lot of people think that scholastic success at home comes from running drills and hiring tutors; approach is both simpler and more effective. Here are the things I do at home to help my kids succeed in school:
#1 Get kids in bed early
There is a lot of research indicating that it is much harder to learn if you are tired! We prioritize getting our kids to bed early all year round, but especially during the school year. Early bedtimes also means more time for them to relax before going to school in the morning.
#2 Keep mornings peaceful
We do as much school prep as possible the night before – even packing lunches and having any refrigerated portions ready to throw into lunch boxes first thing in the morning. I also try to have my kids’ clothes picked out the night before, so it is easy for them to get up and get dressed.
#3 Stay curious
The downside of modern society’s school system is that it sometimes leads people to think of learning as something that happens primarily at school. I find that my kids make tremendous leaps of understanding through play and exploration – and that a key to their being interested in learning is for me to remain curious and keep learning myself.
#4 Teach kids to fail
Fear of failure is an easy way to put an end to learning and to teach kids to set up limiting safety walls. Kids will learn to fail and recover graciously if they see their parents facing and overcoming their own failures.
#5 Make home a safe space
School has become an increasingly intense environment, with higher and higher learning standards even in kindergarten. Make home a haven where children feel safe to relax, explore, and share their feelings.
How do you help your child succeed in school?
This post is the last of eight in the Get Ready for K Through Play series I am working on with Bernadette of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons, Vicky at Mess for Less, Cerys at Rainy Day Mum, and Kristina at Toddler Approved. Be sure to check out their posts as well!
- 10 Ways to Help Kids Get Ready to Learn from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Establishing a Bedtime Routine for Back to School from Mess for Less
- Creating After School Routine from Toddler Approved
- 8 Ways to Ease Kindergarten Anxiety from Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Homework Station from Rainy Day Mum
Drop by our Get Ready for K Through Play Pinterest board for more ideas!