FIVE IMPORTANT SCHOOL SKILLS – YOUR CHILD MUST LEARN
MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT READING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TV.
Everyone accepts the fact that at home TV monopolizes a child’s free time. Here is one important note to parents. “Check the whole family TV viewing habits.” The suggestion here is if the child has to change, then the whole family has to commit to change.
Unplug the TV sets, set the limits on the screen time. Don’t allow channel surfing, establish certain TV free hours, make bedrooms TV free.
Include encouraging healthy alternatives and substitute positive activities. The best-recommended alternative is to encourage the children to feed on other forms of participation – enjoy reading a variety of books – when they are young.
One method to reduce the time children watch television is to see that it gets replaced spending time with lots of books around. Both the children and parents have to sit with reading for one another. Make sure in the home television is not a constant source of background noise.
TEACH THE SECRETS OF GOOD MEMORY.
The most frequent complaint parents likely to hear from a child are, ‘I’m not able to remember what I’m reading.’ Memory is a very important skill for a child to learn. Not having a good understanding of memory skills invites frustration in children and anxiety to parents.
It is the parent’s responsibility to encourage the child at a young age the correct reading techniques. Never allow the child to feel that reading is a punishment. Encourage him to read aloud. Reading and remembering for longer periods involves intimate coordination between the eye movement and the brain functioning.
A child has to be taught both by the teachers and the parents the correct way of reading and remembering.
CREATE GOOD HOMEWORK HABITS.
The single important parenting tip is to recognize that the responsibility homework completion rests in your child’s hands, not yours.
The two facets of good homework habits are: developing a routine and sticking to it. Let the child know homework completion is not a choice. From the beginning, be firm in homework timings and see that it’s done well. Clarify that he gets no excuses. The rule is always ‘work before play’ for the children.
Make sure homework must be done in the same place and within a time schedule. And help them plan their weekly homework schedules. Never sit down with your child and do his work. Instead, help him to get organized on his own.
ENCOURAGE GOOD VOCABULARY.
Good vocabulary in a child involves reading. Mostly it has to be modeled by parents. A parents’ reading habits and using good vocabulary forms a foundation for a child’s future conversational skills.
A good vocabulary always communicates intelligence. In school, a good vocabulary and strong communicative styles will invite good results and good standing among other classmates. It is one sure skill to attain success when he becomes a young adult.
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER.
To act on this, the parents need to allow time periodically to be in touch with the child’s teacher. A phone call can do, or an e-mail, or a brief visit to the school.
It is a custom among parents that they visit a teacher only after something had gone wrong. Like bad behavior, low grades, absenteeism: more or less that shows the child in an unpleasant light.
Regularly contacting teachers brings in the positive changes in the child and keeps certain negative habits in check.
It is the foremost responsibility to meet the class teacher at the beginning and end of every school year. Get as much information as you can about your child both in the classroom and outside in the playgrounds. You can also know about your child’s social skills and general attitude.