Parents want what’s best for our kids, and that includes a great education. Whether your kids are A+ students or need a little extra help to succeed in school, you can have a big impact on their academic performance—and it’s easier than you might realize. Keep reading to learn how to help kids succeed in school, and see how many of these tips you can implement in your family’s routine!
Helping Kids Do Well in School
Be involved and aware.
Working and taking care of your family is a lot to handle, and no one can give 100% to everything at all times. However, one thing you can do to help your kids in school is to stay engaged and aware of what’s going on with their class. That means attending back-to-school meetings, open houses, and parent-teacher conferences as much as possible. If you absolutely must miss these important opportunities to check in with your child’s teacher, try to catch up another time, either in person or via email or phone.
It’s easier than ever before for parents to stay in the loop of what’s going on with their kids’ schools, thanks to technology. Bookmark the school website so you can always access important information like the school calendar, upcoming standardized testing, or field trips. You can even do things like add money to lunch accounts online, making it quick and simple.
We’ve all experienced a lapse in communication as parents (Although if you haven’t, please share your secrets!), so rather than relying on your kids to know what’s up at all times, familiarize yourself with school policies and the class syllabus.
Create an optimal learning environment.
We all know that there’s a lot more to being a high-level athlete than just what happens on the field between the start and end of the game. Succeeding at a sport requires dedication and can extend to everything from diet, to exercise, to what time to set the alarm clock. Similarly, your kids need you to support their learning at all times, not just during school hours. Some of the most important ways to do this include:
- Making sure they’re well-rested. Sleep plays a huge role in health as well as cognitive function, so it’s vital that you make sure your kids are getting enough sleep. They’ll feel better, be less cranky, and be more alert during class if you set a reasonable bedtime and stick to it.
- Feeding them breakfast. Breakfast is important because it gives your kids the energy they need to concentrate and participate in class. Research has shown that kids who eat breakfast are less likely to miss school, and the benefits of breakfast include improved memory and attention span.
Getting them moving. Another important factor is exercise! It’s so important to demonstrate healthy activity to your kids by staying active and encouraging them to do the same. Whether it’s taking a walk after dinner or visiting our skating rink, incorporating fun ways to move can have both mental and physical benefits for students.