Your home plays a very important role for your child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Sure, school is the place where they develop their academic and social skills but learning shouldn’t stop once they leave the school grounds.
Children should be able to go home to an environment that is conducive to learning with parent/s who is/are fully committed to facilitate learning and encourage regular study habits. After all, parents are still and will always be the best teachers.
1. Get organized.
Organization skills are very important skills that are developed at home. As a parent, you should help your child organize all of his or her books and learning materials. Not only will they carry this skill outside of your home, this will also provide a clutter-free learning environment. A messy room can be distracting and can make your child lose focus when studying and doing homework.
2. Provide a learning space.
Designate a specific area in the house whether it’s a room or just a table for your child to study and make his or her assignments. Make sure that the area is well-lit and free from clutter, noise or other distractions. Providing your child with his or her own “working/study place” at home will facilitate good study habits and promote focus and concentration.
3. Create a routine.
Sit with your child to discuss and create a routine together. It is very important that there’s a specific time for studying and a scheduled play time as well. Study time should strictly be just for studying – no TV, no videogames and no smartphones. By having these kinds of rules, you are able to reinforce the importance of education as well as discipline.
4. Encourage creativity.
Whether it’s art, music, dancing… making room for creativity is important in your child’s growth. Provide your child with materials to encourage his creativity and a way to express him or herself creatively.
5. Give support.
It is important for parents to show support and provide positive reinforcement and feedback especially to the younger kids. Praise them and give feedback because these things will give your child the motivation to learn and learn from their mistakes.