As the owner of a learning center that caters to children 3-18, I am lucky enough to watch children of all ages and abilities tackle the learning process with different levels of enthusiasm. I have to admit my favorite thing to watch is the self-confidence in a once timid child grow as they figure out a once daunting problem or a reluctant (ok, very unhappy) teen enjoy the fruits of their labor. These are the moments that keep me going.
We all want the best for our children. We want them to grow up to be happy, healthy, successful adults. What does it take to be successful in the new world? How can you help your child?
Looking at the qualitites of a successful learner it is not surprising we can see the same skills in successful professionals. People who are able to work independently, think critically, problem solve, communicate effectively and play well with others are most successful in their chosen careers.
There are lots of ways we can develop these qualities in our children. A strong academic foundation is the start. It will not only build scholastic knowledge, but also work skills, perseverance, critical thinking as well as make for a well-rounded, educated person. No tiger mom needed, but parental support and enthusiasm for learning influences children more than any other factor.
As parents, we are all aware that children progress and mature at their own pace. Facilitating and transferring a love of learning is critical and essential for all children. The research indicates that successful learners at an early age are most often successful learners throughout their school careers. So it is never too early to start!
- Set high expectations and help your kids draw a road map how to meet them.
- Help your child set academic goals, short-term and long-term
- Share your values and beliefs about the importance of education daily in ACTIONS and WORDS
- Praise small successes, be specific (Great job improving your math score!)
- Schedule homework time into the family schedule
- Correct all school assignments that come home to 100% (learning from our mistakes is an important part of life)
- Help your child break overwhelming assignments down into smaller, more manageable steps
- Instill a strong work ethic early on in your child’s education
- Be enthusiastic! Learning is necessary but can also be fun!