The strangest academic year in our country’s history is almost upon us. It’s not too late to make it a fresh start. This upcoming school year may not be all that your family had hoped it would be, but it’s still possible to help your child love school. Here are some ways you can help build on that positive spirit all year long.
Reading out loud is not just for little kids. Picture books are great for all ages, and kids never outgrow the pleasure of being read to. Reading together is one of the easiest ways to help your child love school. Create a special reading corner at home. According to Math and Reading Help, children who enjoy reading tend to perform better in school than those who don’t.
Set up a Desk
This shows how seriously you take their schoolwork. Anything you make space for in your home is obviously valued, so if school is your child’s job, their desk is their office. Plus, a fun space dedicated just to her will really help your child love school!
Let Them Work it Out
Homework isn’t only about learning facts; It’s also about learning independently. Some kids need rewards to get them through the work. Others might need a supportive presence. Either way, the more kids achieve on their own, the more confidently they can tackle the next challenges.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewey
Recruit a Mentor
Your child loves you, but you’re, you know, a grown-up. Set your kid up with a peer mentor, someone just a year or two older who can relate to their day-to-day experiences and offer encouragement. Many schools are embracing the idea.
Support your Social Butterfly
A wide circle of friends gives kids options on the playground. Try to encourage your kids to invite someone new over to play (when it’s safe to do so). After-school activities or team sports can also help broaden their social horizons.
Model a Love of Learning
Kids are naturally curious, so set good examples. Pick up a book, play Scrabble, talk about current events. This will help foster their curiosity.
Buddy up with the Teacher
Teachers can give a more objective picture of your child’s day and help you uncover trouble spots. The teacher may also be able to shed some light on things your child has trouble expressing.
Be there for them! Attend school events, don’t miss parent/teacher conferences, join the PTA, and try to have lunch with them at least once a month. And most important, always remember to encourage them to succeed and even excel!