We’d all like our children to get top marks at school. But scholastic success actually begins at home. As parents, we need to consider how we can help our children succeed. In such a competitive world, they’ll need every advantage. In fact, children’s performance in school has more to do with parents than with their natural brainpower or even their teachers.
One recent study claimed the parental effect on exam results at 16 is five times greater than any other factor. So what should we be doing to maximize their chances? Here are a few tips from Psst.ph to help your children make the grade.
This is your child’s initiation into formal schooling. The choice of school he should enter is critical. Its approach must match your child’s personality and learning style. Help your child by supporting the three most basic academic skills at this age reading and writing words, listening attentively, and working with numbers. At home, practice making labels and lists, use counting and basic calculation in practical settings, and read picture books.
Around third grade, children are expected calculate with numbers beyond the thousands, deal with harder math concepts such as fraction, and write computations in different genres. Support your child by helping develop a routine that involves a study period. Continue to encourage the application of match skills in daily life. Most parents stop reading to children at this age, but reading together and having discussions about chapter books, both fiction and non-fiction, is vital in helping kids succeed in middle school.
Grades 6 and 7
At the tail end of grade school, children are expected to successfully tread the realm of concepts and ideas. This is when they start to discuss topics that are intangible such as democracy or events from long ago for Social Studies, or Algebra for Mathematics, or a novel’s message for Reading. Help by developing your child’s ability to use higher order thinking. Supplement your child’s schoolwork by doing fun yet productive forms of studying like watching movies related to your child’s history lesson, playing online math games, or creating a personal blog of book reviews.
As your child becomes more independent, it is less likely that she will seek out your advice. This should be welcomed since your child should really be able to study on her own at this age. But do make sure that your child sticks with study habits that match his learning style. Talk about various study techniques such as note-taking, using mnemonics for memorization, using a highlighter pen, or creating mind maps. Find out which one works for your child.