Reading, writing, and math come easily to us, adults. Remember when you were a young child, how difficult it was to learn reading your first book.
This is the struggle kids go through every day at school. For them, learning can be tough especially when they don’t get the results they study hard for.
It is up to us, parents to take an interest in their education and supplement their teachers’ efforts. Here are some simple but effective tips on how to support your child’s learning.
Designate a special area for study
One of the first things to do to enhance your child’s learning is to designate a study area. This can be a room or any other a small area in the house. The essential requirements here are proper lighting, a suitably sized table and chair (kid size), an organised spot for keeping reading and writing supplies (shelf or a place on the table).
Children get easily distracted by the surrounding environment especially when there is a book in front of them, and they are trying to focus on reading it. To help your child learn you distractions from the environment must be eliminated. For example, when it is time for homework or study, switch off the TV and take away games, phones, and any other play objects.
Be involved in their homework and help them
Don’t leave your child to tackle homework or practice alone. You can guide them through the process by making suggestions. There are other ways to lend a hand to the learning process such as educational games in the car or at home. For example, the game ‘I Spy’ helps to improve children’s vocabulary.
Healthy diet and supplements
The brain needs the right nutrients to enhance its capabilities. Ensure that your child has a healthy mind and body by providing the proper diet. This should include fruit and vegetables for vitamins, protein foods, reduce their sugar intake, and include supplements such as fish oil, which is excellent for healthy brain function and attention at school. These nutrients will help to develop a healthy mind and body for your child.
Learning to be organised from a very early age is a great skill to take into adulthood. It is also a great mental exercise for children. Teach your child to pack their bags for school the night before their school instead of rushing them to do that in the morning. You can also introduce young children to a schedule using simple materials like a whiteboard and
marker. They can write their tasks each day and work towards completing their plan.
Some kids learn faster than others, but with patience, love, and the right guidance, any child will be able to do well at school and succeed with anything they put their mind to.
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