Parents are always looking for a better way to assist with the education of their children. To motivate children, parents must first be motivated to help their children learn. The strategies provided in this article are a good beginning to ensure that children successfully navigate the education system.
1. Reading– Parents should start reading to their children at a very early age. Reading should be encouraged at all times. Children should have a library card and visit book stores on a regular schedule. Parents can have children memorize a poem or a small speech to help keep their minds sharp and ready for reading.
2. Math-Children should be taught at a young age that math is a very important subject. Parents should verbally ask math questions (mental math) with their children whenever possible. Questions can be addition, subtraction, or multiple computations. Answers should be also verbal. Start with small math problems. Children should also be allowed to participate in real-life math problems such as: buying articles or food at a store on their own, weighing fruits and vegetables at the market, and measuring things in the kitchen.
3. Homework– A homework schedule should be developed for children, including what time to do homework each day, how much time should be dedicated to homework each day, and were in the house to do homework. Also, if the school doesn’t provide a homework assignment on any given day the parent should develop homework assignments. Reading is always appropriate for homework.
4. Home Organization– Parents should organize their homes for success by creating a special room with educational tools available such as a computer, printer, books, pens, paper, dictionary, newspapers, and magazines. Besides, the house should have bookshelves throughout the house with lots of books. The house should also be organized with educational posters, pictures, certificates, and awards in the appropriate rooms.
5. Parental Involvement-Parents should be involved with their children’s activities throughout their educational careers. Attending parent-teacher conferences, talking to children about their school work, checking school assignments with them, enrolling them into educational programs after school, and during summer months, reading to and with them and providing lots of encouragement is a must for all parents.
6. Career Exposure -Whenever possible, children should be exposed to people working in different jobs. For example, having children talk with doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionals about what they do on their jobs is a good beginning. Encourage children to read about various careers. Shadowing friends on their jobs is another excellent way to help children focus their minds and direct their attention to thinking about their future.
7. Allowance– Parents should give children an allowance on a weekly or biweekly schedule if children complete all home responsibilities. Responsibilities should include doing homework every day, studying, completing all assignments at school, and reading regularly. Parents should also have other home responsibilities for their children.
8. Time Management– Parents should work with their children to develop a schedule for success. The schedule should include everything from what time to get up in the morning, to what time to go to bed, to what time to eat, what time to do homework, what time to go to practice, what time to do chores around the house and the schedule should be written down. Giving children some kind of planner with a big calendar would help them write it down and help them become better organized.
9. Encouragement– When children earn good grades, parents should give them positive strokes and explain to them how important it is to keep good grades. Also, when students bring home their report cards, they could be placed on the refrigerator door so the entire family can see the accomplishments and make additional encouraging statements. This can also be done with tests and quizzes. Praise your children whenever they do well on any assignment at school and display the finished assignment throughout the house.
10. Educational Trips– Educational trips to museums, zoos, and plays are a good way to expose children to cultural activities. Parents should spend time with children discussing what was observed on trips. Family trips out of town could be scheduled for popular museums to give children deeper insights.
11. Musical Instrument– All children should learn how to play a musical instrument. Learning to play the piano is very popular, but learning to play any instrument can help children improve their concentration, self-esteem, and confidence. It can also advance student achievement by improving dexterity in hands, improve reading skills, reinforcing memorization skills, and developing better social skills through interaction with others.
12. Educational Programs-Enroll children into educational programs after school and during the summer months. Programs should have some educational value as well as being interesting to the participant. Children will improve their social skills and student achievement at the same time.