Encouragement For Back to School
As the new school year approaches, you’re probably out shopping for new clothes, school supplies and books.
But, don’t forget parents you are the greatest resource for success your child can have as they prepare for school and go through the school year. The most important reason to be actively involved in your children’s school(s) is that you as a parent are responsible for your children’s education. Current evidence shows that when parents are meaningfully involved in their children’s education, scholastic achievement can greatly improve. According to the book The Evidence Continues to Grow, by Anne Henderson, the positive impact of parental involvement “is beyond dispute” (p. 1). “Programs designed with strong parental involvement produce students who perform better than otherwise identical programs that do not involve parents as thoroughly, or that do not involve them at all” (ibid.).
Christian parents should be involved because two critically different world views operate in the schools today. The Christian worldview, which states that God is supreme and the source of everything that is good, is directly opposed to the secular world view that man is the final authority and that man can overcome all social ills through education. Parents must monitor school programs to ensure that their values are not undermined.
The type of parental involvement that makes a positive difference in student achievement is more than “volunteering.” While supporting the teacher by helping with school activities such as bake sales, holiday parties, or booster clubs is important, your concerns go deeper than this; and so should your involvement. Parents must become directly involved in their children’s academic learning experience.
Also parents can do a few things to help your child succeed in their study for school.
1. Create a study place: Your study space is critical to your ability to study effectively. After all, if you can’t concentrate, you certainly can’t expect to learn very well. Take the time to assess your real needs and plan for the perfect study place.
2. Help organize their homework: Keeping homework organized can be one way to help your grades improve. For more tips go to:
3. Help your child learn to concentrate in the classroom: There are many reasons why your mind might wander in class or during homework. Some of the most common factors are non-medical and simple, and they can be treated by making small changes in your routine.
- Fatigue from sleep deprivation is probably the most common cause for an inability to concentrate on one topic for very long.
Many studies have shown that students are not getting enough sleep, and sleep deprivation has serious physical, emotional, and cognitive effects.
The first step in attempting to solve your concentration problem is finding a way to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
This isn’t easy to do. Teens typically have busy lives and develop habits that make it difficult to get to sleep early enough.
However, if you have a serious concentration problem, you may need to make some sacrifices to find a solution. Try getting plenty of sleep and see if you get results.
A few other things are: Cut down on the things which provoke anxiety; Peer-Pressure can lead to falling grades as well. Be sure your child has an open line of communication with you and the school counselor to deal with this giant. One of the biggest distractions for teens is love. Diet is another potential problem when it comes to concentration. Studies have linked low-fat diet with symptoms of depression! Caffeine is another potential trouble-maker when it comes to diet and moods. Caffeine consumption can cause insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and nervousness. These symptoms are sure to affect your concentration.
- Boredom is another big culprit when it comes to staying focused on your studies. Boredom stems from doing something that lacks meaning and motivation. What can you do?
Every time you prepare to enter a study environment, take a moment for a reality check. What do you need to accomplish? Why? Concentrate on a goal for the next hour and think of a way to reward yourself for reaching that goal.
4. Working with a Slacker: If you are teamed up with a student who is notorious for slacking off, the worst thing you can do is let it get you down. Instead, take some steps to encourage your partner to work. Show excitement yourself as you help your child. Give them clear manageable task to complete and think reward (what do they get out of doing this task?)
5. And finally, Avoid Procrastination: Don’t wait to start helping your child until trouble arises. Do you procrastinate? Most of us put things off from time to time, like studying for a test or starting on lengthy research papers, but giving in to diversions can really hurt us in the long run. And, it can hurt your child if you hold off helping them get a good start this school year.