Fifteen Simple Things Parents Can Do To Help Children Learn
- Say something complimentary and encouraging to each child every day. |
- Create a warm, friendly home atmosphere where smiles come easily. Laugh with your child every day. Help your child feel that he/she is fun to be around.
- Insure that your child feels they are important and regarded as a worthy member of your family.
- When your child fails in a situation - as we all do - help the child understand and recall the many ways he/she has been successful, and that failure will turn into success by trying again.
- Treat each child as an individual; do not expect the same performance from every child.
- Help your child understand that no matter what he/she does, you do not disapprove of him/her as a person. Disappointment should be directed at a behavior.
- Be a model in those areas in which you wish to support growth and learning.
- Conduct daily positive conversations with your child about school - ask about school - invite your child to teach you something that was learned in school that day. This confirms learning.
- Determine your child's needs for attention and recognition and meet them in ways that are appropriate for that child; spend individual, personal time with each child every day addressing those needs.
- Understand each child's specific and unique talents and encourage their development.
- Set and state realistic expectations for your child. This should be done at a neutral time - to often children understand expectations only after they have just failed to meet them.
- Talk to your child about what is right or wrong at times other than when he/she has done something wrong. This helps to educate the child's conscience as well as the mind.
- Speak personally, maturely, correctly and often with each child so that language will develop effectively.
- Develop and maintain the curiosity level of each child. This can best be done by encouraging questions and by responding fully to each child's Questions - particularly their "why?" questions.
- Instill, in each child, the important and positive beliefs and values of the home. Discuss with each child what your family believes and values and why.
Doing these things regularly and consistently - many of them on a daily basis - will send to school a child that feels confident and worthy and ready to address each day's agenda at school.
JSuccess at home translates into success at schoolJ