Great parents want their kids to succeed in all aspects of life. This isn’t exactly a helpful statement; it is something we all know and don’t need to be reminded of. However, what can be helpful is a reminder of some of the actionable steps that can be taken to help kids succeed at school. As countless studies show, when parents and families are more involved with their child’s education, the child is more likely to not only perform better but to also have a better feeling toward education, which can make all the difference in the long run.
In today’s article, we at Omaha Montessori Educational Centers would like to share with you some things you can do to help improve your child’s success in school and to help create good and long-lasting learning habits.
Provide a Nourishing Breakfast
Concentrating can be quite the challenge when you are hungry. The groans and grunts coming from your stomach can be so loud that it can be hard to hear your thoughts—okay, not literally, but the point is that research shows that kids who go without breakfast have a harder time recalling information. Make sure you always give your kids the morning nutrients they need to learn and grow.
Meet the Teacher
Though this could probably go without saying, we will say it just in case—because it is that important. Get to know your child’s teachers. Take advantage of any opportunity to attend a conference or a meet-and-greet. Kids can often be two different people when at home and when in their classroom. As a Montessori school, we always encourage communication between teachers and parents. This gives our Montessori education center teachers an opportunity to learn more about the student and, therefore, have a better understanding of how to properly guide the child’s learning process, as well as offer any advice for supplemental learning opportunities. We encourage home-school partnerships!
Monitor How Your Child Is Doing
At some ages, it can be hard to get much out of your child in regards to how his or her day was. Don’t settle for asking a question, getting a “fine” or “ nothing”, and then moving onto another subject. Find new and unique ways to ask questions, search for good entry points, and think of personal ways to get your student to talk about their learning process. This will not only help you monitor the learning process of your child, but it can also be a great way to solidify recent learnings and help improve knowledge retention. I always ask them something about their day based on the reports I receive or the pics that are sent!
Create an Organized Space
Children benefit from organization and order. It encourages independence and self-discipline when they know where to find what they need and what to do with it after they’re done. Establish order and organization in your home and set up your home so that kids can improve their concentration and responsibility, which will directly impact their performance in school. Tips for achieving this might include: putting healthy snacks and food on a low pantry shelf; keeping stools in the kitchen and bathroom, and having plenty of low shelves and drawers for organizing the toys and items your kid needs.
Shine a Positive Light on Learning
Children are sponges and they naturally look up to their parents. Take advantage of the influence you wield and give your child a good behavioral model for learning. This can help instill children with the same passion for learning. One great thing about Montessori educational centers is that they are all about igniting this fire. Montessori schools take the approach that kids do not need incentives to learn; they do not need to be tricked or forced to learn; children are intrinsically interested in learning.
Giving children a love of reading is a gift that will keep on giving. The effects of reading can begin to take shape from a very early age and never seem to dull over time. Reading with your child can broaden vocabulary, foster a love of learning, and it can help enrich family ties and relationships.
Establish Good Bedtime Routines
Just as a good breakfast is important to the success of the day, so is a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can directly affect a student’s mood, memory, ability to concentrate, and growth and development. It is recommended that primary-school-age students get at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Solid routines are the easiest and healthiest way to ensure your child gets the proper amount of sleep.
Interested in Omaha Montessori Educational Centers?
Read more about us, and contact us with any questions or to book a tour of one of our Montessori education centers. Unlike traditional daycares and elementary schools—where instructors are the main focal point of the class and the learning pace is set by class averages or school board timelines—Montessori schools are entirely centered on students and fostering their individual interests and learning styles, helping them develop the skills and mindset needed to reach their full potential.