Four Things You Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed at School

Tuesday - April 08, 2014

Education is a complete experience, and there are many things you can do to make sure that your child is getting the most out of the many days and hours they spend beginning in preschool or daycare, through elementary school and at a private middle school

private school curriculumIn the United States, 88% of all children go to public school and 9% of kids get a private school education. The remaining 3% of children are home schooled. About 1,600 hours are spent at school if a child is receiving their education outside of the home. Most children can expect to go to school 160 days out of the year, and schooling generally starts around the age of four or five. 

Although most people think of school as starting with kindergarten, education really begins in preschool, or even in daycare. If you have a child, you expect them to take their education seriously. Education is a complete experience, and there are many things you can do to make sure that your child is getting the most out of the many days and hours they spend beginning in preschool or daycare, through elementary school and at a private middle school. Here are some ways you can help your child succeed academically.

1. Make sure your children get about nine hours of sleep every night to succeed in school. Without sleep, the brain is unable to convert short term memories into long term information. This means that poor sleep can have a direct impact on the amount of information that is retained. Also, concentration is difficult when the body has not had enough time to rest at night. Choosing early dinners and study times right after school can help you to make sure that your kids are going to bed early enough that they get the rest they need.


2. Set the right environment for your child to do their homework. A desk, chair, light and a quiet space are all essential. An area away from the television, toys, and general foot traffic in the home is best, to reduce distractions. The study space should contain paper, pencils, calculators, and computers so your child has all the tools they need to get their private school curriculum homework done.


3. Expect great things from your children. By setting expectations and goals with your child, your child will have the confidence to make you proud. Choosing the best possible school will set the stage for success, and you can than discuss the types of grades, behaviors, and attitudes that you expect. With your expectations in mind, quiz your children daily with questions, facts, and math problems taken directly from homework assignments from their private school curriculum. This will help you to keep your child on track, and you can find out if study time must be extended.


4. Provide a nutritious breakfast every morning for your child. Children need consistent caloric intake for proper brain function. Without breakfast, a child can go 12 hours without food, which will cause a substantial drop in energy and brain activity. The immune system also suffers when breakfast is not eaten. Studies have shown that kids who do not eat breakfast miss more of their private school curriculum and perform significantly worse on tests.

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