Nothing compares to a mother’s joy once she knows that her child is doing well at school. We all know that school is just one of the many avenues for our children to learn and to develop the necessary skills in life. We should not forget that we are still our child’s first teacher, which means that our involvement in his education is crucial for his learning.
As Sige Moms, your involvement sets the tone for your child’s attitude towards his education. The more you are supportive and engaged in your child’s learning, the more likely he will succeed. According to studies, the more we enable our child to be self-regulated (he is able to listen to others and to focus on tasks for longer periods of time), the more likely he will be successful in school.
Developing good study habits is just one example where your child can practice self-regulation. When one knows how to study efficiently, he develops competence and a positive attitude towards school and life. Good study habits establish the foundation for appropriate work habits as an adult.
To know more how you can help your child develop good study habits, here are some tips:
Share a common goal.
Discuss with your child your expectations as well as ask your child about his expectation when it comes to studying. Highlight the value of education to your child’s future.
Discuss the negotiables and non-negotiables.
This is the best time to write down the do’s and dont’s during study time with your child. Some examples are allowing your child to play only after he is finished with homework or permitting 5-minute breaks when they get tired from studying. Post these rules in place where you both can see it.
Establish a routine.
Developing a routine is teaching your child the value of discipline. It reminds him to follow a schedule. An example of a routine is: from school, the child can eat a snack, then take a short nap then proceed with study time.
Develop a study schedule.
Set a regular time that your child will follow when studying. Use an alarm clock/timer to remind him when study time starts or ends. Teach your child to create a homework system by organizing his to-do lists, using his assignment notebooks, estimating how long it will take him to finish his homework.
Choose a study spot.
Choose a space where your child can study away from distractions (T.V, computers, bedroom).
Be a facilitator.
Guide your child to discover the answers to his homework and not to answer it yourself. Encourage critical thinking, ask the right questions, and give appropriate feedback.
Creativity is the key.
Be creative when discussing the subject matters/topics with your child. You can do storytelling, make projects together, or learn outdoors. Develop learning materials to enhance your child’s learning (fun activity sheets, simple projects).
Partner with your child’s teacher.
Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher in order that you become aware of your child’s progress in school. Find ways how you can further support your child at home.
Be a good example.
When your child sees that you are interested in learning, it encourages them to appreciate studying as well. Model to them the value of reading, analyzing concepts and discussing issues.
Empower your child.
Encourage your child to be the best student. Remind him about the value of education for his future. Keep a positive attitude. Challenge him to create his own system when it comes to studying. Appreciate all his efforts.
Sige Moms, keep in mind that the earlier you expose your children to good study habits, the more assured you will be about his future. Always remember that the good habits developed early on will surely influence your child for the rest of his life.