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Help Your Child to Love School
Motivate Learning

Parents, how and how much are you motivating your child’s love of learning? Regardless of your economic, racial, educational, religious, or cultural background, when you use your powerful influence to get your child looking forward to and enjoying school, you are giving him a key to lifetime success! Plato declared, “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”
 
  • Establish “school” bedtimes and morning routines. A well-rested child will be less distracted, better prepared to handle the rigors of the classroom, and learn more!
  • Prepare the night before by laying out book bags, homework, clothes, etc.
  • Make breakfast matter. Studies show that kids who eat a morning meal earn higher math grades than those who skipped breakfast.
  • Go to the school’s Open House and Parent/Teacher meetings. It’s during these times that you can view your child’s work and school exhibits; but most important, have a say in your child’s learning goals.
  • Get your child’s hearing checked. Hearing loss is common in kids and makes it difficult for them to understand classroom instructions or learn pronunciations.
  • Use after-school time constructively. Children need some down time to relax after school like we do after work. However, research indicates that children who spend time watching TV more than 10 hours per week are at greater risk of school failure.
  • Praise progress not perfection. Children get excited about improving when parents applaud small accomplishments, so notice the effort rather than just the grade.
  • It’s never too late to start making a difference. Although good parenting costs time and energy, it’s well worth the price.


Adapted from Brenda Dixon

 

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