Returning to School Hints and Tricks.
As we have talked about previously, to properly support, we must first properly assess and diagnose. Schools do not have the budget to provide assessments to every child that requires one. They often save the meager finances they are provided with for the children that are most vulnerable and act out the most. The problem is, that many children with learning disorders, will just sit quietly, even though they have difficulty following the teacher and material. Many children are afraid to raise their hand or ask questions because they are afraid that they will be teased for it later.
One of the best things you can do to help your child is to ensure they have proper supports. There are several effective ways to ensure your child thrives in their educational environment and I thought I would share some wonderful ways to support your child in the classroom, from outside the classroom….
1. Establish a Positive Home Environment: Create a home environment that fosters a love for learning. Encourage curiosity, reading, and critical thinking. Make sure there's a quiet and organized space for homework and study. Show enthusiasm for their education by attending school events and discussing their day.
2. Open Communication with Teachers: Build a strong partnership with your child's teachers. Attend parent-teacher conferences and maintain regular communication through emails or meetings. Discuss your child's strengths, weaknesses, and any concerns. This collaborative approach helps identify and address any issues early on.
3. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand your child's capabilities and set realistic academic expectations. Avoid excessive pressure or comparison with other students. Celebrate their achievements, no matter how small, to boost their confidence and motivation. Outcomes are better if children are praised for effort rather than grades.
4. Provide Homework Support: Be available to assist with homework, but don't do it for them. Encourage independence and problem-solving skills by guiding them through challenges. Create a regular homework routine that includes breaks and rewards to keep them focused.
5. Promote a Healthy Lifestyle: Ensure your child gets enough sleep, remove all electronics from bedrooms, eats nutritious meals, and engages in physical activity. A healthy body and mind are essential for effective learning. Limit screen time and encourage hobbies that are physically active and/or stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
In addition to these five ways, it's essential to be aware of any signs of stress or anxiety in your child related to school. If you notice any issues, address them promptly by consulting with teachers or school counselors.
Remember that every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Tailor your support to your child's individual needs, and always be their biggest cheerleader. By creating a nurturing and supportive environment, you'll empower your child to excel in the classroom and beyond.
As we said on the farm, “you reap what you sow. But what you sow, very much depends on the ground in which you plant it.” What kind of garden environment do you provide?
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