Quarrier Corner: 10 tips for your child's academic success
January 09. 2014 2:15PM
Healthychildren.org featured an article recently entitled, “Ten Tips for Your Child’s Success in School.” These 10 tips aim to improve a child’s physical, mental, and emotional health, so that he/she is more likely to have the tools to thrive in the academic environment.
Enforce healthy habits such as a consistent bedtime that allows for a minimum of nine hours of sleep each night. Eating a nutritious breakfast each morning, exercising for an hour every day, and limiting TV, computer, and gaming time are encouraged as well.
Stick to a routine such as doing homework at the same time each day and packing his/her school bag after completing homework. These steps increase organization and thus, decrease stress in a child’s life.
Create a “launch pad.” A launch pad is the designated spot for your child to keep the items he/she needs for school (school bag, lunch bag, snow boots, for example).
Designate a space for doing homework that is well-lit, spacious, and has school supplies available.
Read, again and again. Practicing reading each day, even for just 10 minutes, will make your child a more proficient reader. Through reading, we learn about new things and our world.
Learn always. Encourage your child to learn new things. For example, cook with your child. The opportunities to use math and science in the kitchen are endless and fun!
Take the lead. Because children learn by example, parents can model reading, learning, and a strong work ethic for them. Paying bills while your child does homework and reading for pleasure might just make a positive impact on your child’s life.
Talk often about your child’s day and his/her feelings about school, friends, and interests. These conversations allow time for needed support and encouragement to be given.
Show interest in your child’s academic life. Stay in touch with his/her teacher to address any concerns that arise.
Expect success. Let your child know that you don’t expect him/her to be the best student or athlete, but that you do expect him/her to do his/her best. When children learn to do their best, they can feel proud of their accomplishments.
These 10 tips may just make the difference for a child to be the best student he/she can be!