7 Definite Ways to Help Your Child Progress on the Academic Front

If you have got your child enrolled in the best school and have showered her with all the necessary study materials, you have done the right thing as a parent. However, if you assume that your duty ends there, you may be wrong. A child is a human and every child, like every human, is different. Every child has some different needs, mental statuses, motivational requirements and expectations from teachers, parents and other members at home. You should understand all this and instead of staying away from him after giving what is needed, you should get actively involved in his schooling and education. Only then, a child can thrive in the best way. Here are some tips.

1. Find Innovative Study Materials

This is a digital age. Technology has changed the face of everything in life. So, how can education be an exception? Gone are the days, when books were the only resources of information and knowledge. Today the internet has made a revolution in academics too. The latest example is PhonicsMonsters.com. This is a fantastic portal with which you and your child will be amazed because they have got such a variety of fun educational material that your child cannot resist to get involved into studies in a fun way. There are so many songs, stories, flashcards, audio scripts, quizzes, colored as well as black-and-white pages, and much more, that your child is bound to get enticed. All these materials are printable. So, you can get materials like quizzes printed and your child can solve them on paper. This will also help them in reading, writing, numbers, mathematical calculations and much more. Besides amazing colors, the site has amazing sounds too that children will certainly find fun. Unique animations will make them get interested in the subjects and learning will become fun! Find such innovative study materials and ensure that they are finding study interesting and not boring or burdensome.


2. Pay Attention to What Your Child is Doing

What a child wants the most is attention and appreciation. And if parents are keen in appreciating their child, there is nothing else to be happy for the child. Even if you ask the child what she is doing, she will be interested to show you her progress, how she did that, what her teacher taught in school, and so on.

However, you should also remember not to look like a supervisor. You should look like an interested parent and the child should feel that you are interested in her and not prying on her.

Pay Attention to What Your Child is Doing

3. Monitor His Study from a Distance

While you should not look like a supervisor in front of the child, you should certainly supervise his academic progress. Meet his teacher to inquire how he is doing at school and whether he is acting nice in class. Also ensure if he is completing his homework on time. If you find that he’s not doing well or not doing homework on time, it’s your duty to find out if your child is facing any problem. If he is not finding enough time to study, help him in setting up a timetable in which he can schedule specific time for homework and other studies. This is the time when there should be no distractions like TV, friends, phone calls etc. At the same time you can include play in your child’s studies e.g. in the form of PhonicsMonsters.com mentioned above, so that a fun feeling will be associated to this study time in your child’s mind rather than a feeling of boredom.

If any problem at home is disturbing your child and she is not being able to focus on studies, you should try to eliminate the problem at the earliest.

Another problem may be that the parent is finding it difficult to explain a subject to the child and so, feels ashamed and sad. Remember that the child is happy only with the fact that you are interested in his studies and not with your knowledge or education. You need not feel ashamed; you just have to show your interest and concern to him, and he will be encouraged enough to study.

Meeting teacher

4. Get Outside Help

In the case similar to above, when you are not able to help your child in studies, you can hire someone for the purpose. There are plenty of sources that can help you out, like tutoring groups, churches, libraries, after school programs and so on. Even you can ask an older student, your friend or neighbor for help.

Outside Help

5. Keep Your Child at Ease at the Time of Exams

Your child may undergo a tremendous pressure during exam times. Teach him that there is nothing to worry about when he is fully prepared. Pay attention to his nutrition and it will help him to focus on studies and feel less anxious.

Keep Your Child at Ease at the Time of Exams

6. Pay Attention to Nutrition

Watch carefully whether he is not full because he is not eating properly. Make him eat nutritious food. Convince him about how food is important in inducing the brain and understanding various subjects. Once he realizes that when he eats properly he finds it easy to focus on studies and can understand subjects well, he will eat properly. Your duty will then be only to give him food on time.

It has been proved scientifically that junk foods like potato chips cause stress and depression. See to it that your child is not much into consuming chips, soft drinks, colored waters etc. Keep her full with nutritious foods like a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, nuts, seeds, dairy and poultry, and she will hardly be tempted to eat junk foods. Remember that, just like in case of many other fields of life, in education too, eating right is extremely important.

Pay Attention to Nutrition

7. Monitor Your Child’s School

Many parents assume for their convenience that their child’s school is doing everything right. They just don’t want to consider the possibility of some problem at school level because they don’t want to come out of their comfort zone. This may be detrimental to children. Pay keen attention to whether your child is facing any problem at school, attend parents’ meetings, ask questions and actively ensure that school is doing everything right. Help other parents by telling the information you know e.g. about the above-mentioned site PhonicsMonsters.com, and they too will become eager to help you with the information they have come across. Staying together with others will always be helpful to you to monitor your child’s progress and ensure that he’s safe, sound and healthy physically, mentally and academically.

parents’ meeting