Unfortunately, children are not born
with the necessary learning habits to succeed in school. They have to
learn. Children often start school without the skill needed
to get ahead. Here are some tips for
parents to prepare their children for school, and at the same time improve
- Start at an early age. Although it is not recommended to start formal
education in children before they go to school, parents can set a good example
for their children long before they start school. This can be achieved by encouraging
learning. Parents should try reading to their children daily. The ability to
read is very important for success in school. Reading to children helps them develop
a desire to read.
- Parents should provide their children with an
abundance of interesting books. Finally, parents can set a good example if they
- Parents should try to encourage their children
to be curious about the world around them. This can be accomplished by talking
with your children, listening to them, and answering their questions. Parents should also expose them to many stimulating
and interesting things.
- Take part. Parents should take an interest in
their children’s education and subscribe to the APA (parent association), or by
taking part in other school activities. If
parents believe that their children’s education is important enough to take
part in and pay attention to, children will also show interest. It is a good idea for parents to know and
communicate with their children’s teachers.
Parents must also offer a lot of encouragement. They should talk to
their children about what they do at school. This will help reinforce what they have learned.
Once children advance to grades where
exams and homework are part of the study, there are many things parents can do
to encourage good study habits in their children.
- Set a schedule. Parents should decide with their
children what time they are going to do homework every day. When the children
are in the first grades, an hour a day will suffice. As tasks and responsibilities increase, more
time will be needed. It is important for children to take part in these
decisions. Children should know that
they are able to make decisions about their studies. Once parents and children
have decided the schedule, they should stick to it. If one day there is no homework, parents can
have their children use the time to read, or for another project. It is
important for children to get used to studying daily.
- Provide an area to study. Parents should provide
a quiet and comfortable area for their children to study. It is good that the
study is carried out in the same place every day. Parents should make sure that
their children have the utensils they need (e.g. paper, pencils, pencil
sharpeners) on hand. Sometimes the
children’s bedroom is not a good place to study. There are often too many distractions.
- Help your
children to be organized. Parents should give their children a calendar so they
can write down the tasks and mark them when they have completed them. Parents can also show their children how to keep their
homework and materials organized and how to prioritize their obligations.
- Provide support. Parents should praise their
children for their efforts and to complete their homework. You also have to
keep in mind that homework is not fun. Don’t expect perfection.
- Offer help. Parents should be available to
answer any questions their children may have. They should try to provide
information but without doing the work of their children.
- Make your children responsible for their own
work. Parents cannot force their children to study. Complaints and threats
don’t work. Children should know that
they are responsible for their own homework and for studying. Parents should
give their children responsibility, and let them suffer the consequences if,
for example, they do not deliver any homework. The role of parents is to offer help.
- If the schedule does not work, try a different
one. If the plan that parents and children have done doesn’t work, they should
change it. Maybe two short periods a day
would be easier than a long period. Perhaps an earlier hour in the afternoon works
better than after leaving school. Parents
and their children should stick to a routine until they find one that works for
Remember, children must learn that
they are responsible for their own learning. Parents can be the difference if
they provide their children with the ability to do so.