How to Help Your Child Shine at School {Guest Post}

The article was written by Alice Norum. She writes college paper writing service reviews and contributes articles on education.

Get to know your child’s teachers and school staff.

· Keep in touch with your child’s teacher and always attend the parent-teacher meetings. Most schools have teacher-parent conferences twice a year, and you can also ask the teacher to meet with him or her any time during the school year. Anyway, you should always stay in touch with your child’s teacher, communicate through phone, email or meet face-to-face and build correct relationship towards your child’s education improvement.

Support your child’s education process.

· If your child needs it, find him/her someone who can help. If you can’t help your child become successful at school, find someone else who can. Ask first how the school can help, like whether there are student instructors who can work with your kid, some after-school programs organized by other teachers, or a school library that your child can use. In addition, you can contact an older student, neighbor or a friend you personally know that can provide the needed assistance for your child.

· Help your child to better prepare for tests. Students’ final grades greatly depend on the scores they make on their tests throughout the year. Teachers dedicate some of their classes to test preparation right before their standardized testing, but you can also support your child’s learning habits every day to help your kid be prepared when it’s time to be tested.

Support your child's learning at home.

· Talk and listen to your child. Encourage your child and other family members to learn how to talk and listen to each other with understanding. This greatly influences the success or failure of your child in school and after. Kids who don’t regularly talk to their parents about problems or positive experiences they’ve had often face some learning disabilities at school, while those who haven’t learned to listen carefully to others later have problem following directions or paying attention at classes.

· Provide the needed help, but leave your child to work independently and responsibly. Responsibility is learned from the early age. Help your child develop these qualities by demonstrating how he/she can break school assignments into smaller and easier steps to completion and monitoring your kid’s activities after school or during the weekends. If you have to be at work or someplace else when your child returns from school, make sure you call to discuss his/her plans. Set reasonable rules that will always apply so your child can learn how to be responsible for his/her actions in school, and life in general.

· Encourage your child to actively learn. Aside from reading and doing homework, you must encourage your child to also explore its own interests, ask questions and provide answers, solve problems and get more actively involved in its learning process. The best way to do this is to carefully listen to your kid’s ideas, let him/her share the opinions and jump in with questions. Active learning also happens when you take your kid in museums, theaters, bookstores, or when they spend time with friends or play some sports.

Get involved in your child's school. 

· Know what the school can offer for your child. Schools usually send their students’ parents information about new programs, teams and school activities they’ve started so they can know in which ways their children can get more involved in their education. Always read this information and keep track of the important events throughout the school year.

· If you have time, volunteer at some projects or join groups in your child’s school. There’s always a way you can help at school, and the teachers will love it. You can make food for an event, volunteer in the school library, assist performances where your child is involved, or meet with other parents to talk and find things you can do, implement or change together to improve the school’s activities.

Stay informed and stand behind your child.

· If you are concerned, ask for advice. You can help solve any problem if you ask the right questions to the right people. Talk to your child’s teacher or the school principle and ask them specific questions about your child’s problems, and what you and they can do to improve the current situation.

· Know your rights. As a parent you should be familiar with the rights you and your child have regarding school’s special services, immigration status, instructions for the English language, etc.

· Inform the school about your eventual concerns. If there’s any problem with your kid in school, no matter if it is related to the school activities or with another student, teacher or school employee, you should let the school know about your concerns.

Disclosure: This is a complimentary guest post and all opinions and ownership remain those of the author.


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