Helping Your Children Succeed in the Classroom
By Andrew Loh
The early and primary school years are the real foundations or
platforms of your child's school success; this is the most obvious
time, from where your child will start picking up the basics of all
academic subjects, like math and science, apart from other sundry
activities like arts and craft. To ensure your child is on the right
track, it is very critical that you get involved in the process of
your child's primary school education. Before you enroll your child
to a good school nearby your home, you may need to look at many
issues and evaluate them with a critical pair of eyes. There are
many things you can do as a responsible parent to help your child
succeed in the classroom.
Children are very active in their early age and their mind is
always fickle and drifting. Children also need focused efforts and
work to succeed in their classrooms. Getting your children ready to
go to school, listen to their teachers, learn lessons, write tests
and score good grades are some of the most Herculean tasks for them.
Hesitancy and fear are two of the most important issues that your
child may encounter in the early stages of school. As a parent, your
fundamental duty is to assure your child and encourage him or her to
go to school.
School always starts at your home. It will forever! You are your
child's first teacher and the most effective one at that! Parents
send their children to school as soon as they reach the age of five.
Sending children to school means lot of things to you and other
parents. It means that you want your child to succeed in his or her
classroom by getting better marks and good grades. However, the
foundation that you provide your child at home plays an important
role in the future classroom success. It is natural that we send our
children to school not just for tuitions, but also for proper and
disciplined raising. It also means that we rely heavily on teachers
to ensure academic success of our children.
We may need to prepare our children before they set their feet in
their classrooms. Home tutoring will help your child immensely
before he or she gets enrolled in a school. You can do quote a lot
to help your child in your home before sending him or her to a
school. Here are some basic and practical tips that will help you
prepare your child for a classroom:
1. Children are always active and energetic. At the same
time, they can be very pensive and silent at times. These two
contrasting characters are very important for the classroom success
of your child. While a sense of gregariousness and outgoing nature
help your child in socializing with his or her peers and teachers in
the would-be classroom, characters like aloofness and silence can
help in sitting quietly and listening to the lessons given by the
teachers. To promote active learning, you can listen to your child's
ideas and suggestions and help him or her in solving problems and
exploring mutual interests. Ensure that you are answering your
child's queries and questions.
2. Encourage reading: Assisting your child to become a
good reader is perhaps the most important thing that you can do as a
parent. Good readers can become good students. The critical
importance of developing reading habit cannot be simply wished away.
Reading can help in a life long learning process as well.
3. Talking and listening: Talking and listening to your
children will help them prepare for the classroom. Mutual
conservation and dialogues will induce your children learn language
skills at an early age. In addition, children who have learned to
converse well and listen carefully, often do not find trouble
following directions and paying attention in class.
Preparing your child for classroom means getting him or her face
future challenges and obstacles that may occur in the classroom.
Just remember that your child will be setting his or her feet on an
unchartered and untested territory. Thus, your child needs all the
help and attention from both you and teacher to find a firm footing
in the classroom. Although parents make it a point to send their
children off to school every day and want them to perform better
year after year, they can act as a catalyst that becomes a big
booster to ensure academic success. Active parent involvement is the
key ingredient and ultimate secret that leads to the best result.
Parents' active participation with their children's education at
home and in school can pay rich dividends and will also play pivotal
role on their children's future.