BY KYLEEN GRAY
Parents are always asking teachers, school administrators and other parents for tips on how to help their kids succeed in school. Based on observing my students over the past 14 years, here are the top 10 tips I can confidently share with you to ensure your child is successful in school.
- Read daily with your kids.
Without adequate vocabulary banks and literacy skills, students cannot participate in most classroom activities.
- Control and limit access to gaming and technological devices.
Many of my struggling students lose sleep, don’t complete homework, and can’t focus due to the fact that technological devices are not limited in their homes. Parents need to set these limitations.
- School attendance is mandatory.
Attendance and school success are directly co-related. If your child is not at school, they can’t learn.
- Control and limit sugar and processed foods.
Without adequate nutrition, kids’ brains cannot learn, process and express information. Processed foods have no place in school lunches or kids’ diets.
- Develop a homework routine.
Create a specific place and time for your child to complete their homework; check in regularly with your child’s agenda, teacher or Google classroom to ensure they are up to date on assignments.
- Communicate with your teacher.
Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher early in the school year, and maintain a relationship via email, phone or school drop-ins.
- Encourage your child to get involved in school sports an activities.
Studies prove that children who participate in school activities have more of a connection to their school and teachers.
- Develop a bedtime routine.
If kids aren’t well rested, their brains are not ready to learn when they come to school. Create a school night bedtime and stick to it.
- Reward your child for good attendance and achievements.
Make it a habit of celebrating your child’s school achievements through words, actions, and small treats/gifts.
- Encourage daily physical activity.
Physical activity activates student brain cells and improves their digestion, mood and sleep patterns. Make sure your child has a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity.