| Elementary Pg.3
Help Your Child to Love School
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,
- 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
- 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