Quiet Time

Helping your child make the most of their education

When it comes to your child’s time at school, it can be difficult to pinpoint the right route to take when it comes to supporting them in their learning. One thing to remember is that a successful experience at school does not mean the perfect report at the end of the year.

Ideally, success at school would mean your child would have learnt to retain information well, think independently, ask the right questions and developed the right skills for the future.

Here are some tips on how to help your child make the most out of their education.

1. Focus on the process of your child learning rather than the product at the end.

Children at a very young age are naturally driven to learn and find out more. They are in the phase of their life where they would like to gain understanding of the world around them. However, some parents and teachers begin to undermine the process of children learning in their own way and replace it with a rapid journey towards the end product.

All of a sudden, the natural curiosity in a child becomes of little importance and the only thing that is seen as valuable are their points and grades. Unfortunately, this leads to children losing interest in school as the only motivator at this point are the grades they see and not the curiosity in them.

To avoid this happening, focus on how hard your child works throughout the process and value their efforts. Always look forward and not back.

2. Help your child build the right foundation so that they are prepared when it comes to going to school.

In order for your child to make the most out of their education, they need to be in the right mindset to produce quality work. Ensure your child has an effective routine set in place. Sit with your child and set up a system that works for both you and them. Learn to assist rather than tell them what to do as when they feel like they’re in control, they are most likely to stick to the plan that is created.

3. Finally, love your child the way they are.

It can be easy to try and force your child into becoming the person that you picture them to be which can demotivate them and make day-to-day activities such as studying extremely difficult. Be accepting of who they are and how they would like to live their life, and watch them thrive in their studies.

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