Updated: Dec 24, 2019
Parents are a child’s first teacher. The habits that we help our children form will last a lifetime, shaping their lifetime, at school, at work, and in the community. But which are the most important of the many skills they will need? And how can families help children practice those things, with everything else they must do?
Habits are not fixed at birth.
You can help your child develop habitual behaviors, that with practice, can be developed or changed to aid productivity.
Habits, like self-control and working hard are also built through practice.
The more you achieve. You are setting up a circle: when your children work hard and get good results, they’ll want to work harder still.
4 Tips to Enrich Your Child’s Educational Experience
OBJECTIVE: To help your child develop good homework habits. To get the most out of homework kids need to practice communicating with their teachers. You can help them to learn to:
Ask questions if the assignment is unclear.
Tell the teacher what was difficult about the homework task.
Tell the teacher when personal circumstances affect homework completion.
Keep a homework notebook or folder with all assignments and deadlines.
Keep a second set of supplies at home.
Prioritize homework according to importance and deadlines.
Balance homework with chores, athletics, and family commitments.
TIP 2: MANAGING STRESS
OBJECTIVE: To recognize when and why your children feel stress and to help your child learn how to manage it. What raises stress in kids?
School demands and frustrations
Negative feelings and thoughts about themselves.
Problems with family or friends at school.
Unsafe living environment.
Illness or death in the family.
*Stress Tip. Monitor as best you can, their health, behavior, thoughts, or feelings. Watch for overloading. The same trigger that turns on stress in our bodies can turn it off. As soon as we decide that a situation is no longer threatening, changes occur in our minds to help calm us down.
TIP 3: MOTIVATION and CHALLENGE
OBJECTIVE: To help your child develop interest and take on the right amount of challenge.
Ask your child to pick something that enjoys doing and wants to get better at.
To help your child keep on and stay on track even when quitting seems easier.
Praise more and correct less. Praise your child when they tackle something difficult. But remember to praise effort, not their talent.
Point out that it is worth the trouble. Help your child notice the positives that are coming for their learning. When they accomplish the next step and acknowledge how it feels.
TIP 4: CURIOSITY and RESOURCEFULNESS
OBJECTIVE: To help your child develop an open mind and become more self-reliant.
Keep an open mind. Be open to learning, unlearning, and relearning. Don’t take things for granted.
Ask lots of questions. What, why, when, who, where, and how? Curious people use these words all the time.
Forget “boring”. When you label something “boring, you close the door on learning more about it.
See learning as fun. If you think of learning as something fun, you will naturally want to dig deeper.
Teach everyday skills. Help your child practice gathering information. Many children experts on Facebook and YouTube, but far fewer know which Internet sources to trust for reliable information.
We recognize the value of making education a memorable experience for our children. Giving outdated advice for 21-century learning is a thing of the past. Reading this article was the first step in researching how to support your child's learning experience.
Productive homework habits, managing stress, motivation and challenges, and intriguing their curiosity are all ways to ensure that our children have an enriching educational experience.
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