Your kids need to get the best grades they can, not just because they’re necessary for a successful academic future, but because earning good grades creates good habits. By getting good grades, children learn to always try their best, to set goals, and to love learning new things. Putting pressure on children is never the way to go, but there are habits and techniques that will help them consistently bring home their best efforts.
Create a Balanced Environment
The home environment needs to invite learning just like the classroom environment. However, it also has to stay in perfect balance. Helping your child get good grades means recognizing that it’s not all about schoolwork. Make sure there’s time for play and relaxation as well. Set aside enough time for homework and studying, of course, but “assign” some outdoor playtime as well. Make sure your child has a fully rounded schedule, so that there’s time to get a good night’s sleep, get help with math, and enjoy a nutritious dinner.
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Instill a Love of Reading
Teach your child to read for pleasure. A child who reads will naturally do better in every subject. Reading improves comprehension skills, logical thinking, spatial reasoning, and many other areas. It strengthens imagination and creativity as well, which will in turn help your child embrace math, science, history, social studies, art, and music. Show your child that books are even better than TV shows and video games. Read together as well, whether it’s a novel or a text book.
Put Together a Rewards System
Taking time to study or do homework is hard. There are so many other things children would prefer to do. The same is true for high school and college students. It might help to design a rewards system. Don’t bribe your child, but make sure that he or she earns rewards for doing schoolwork and getting good grades. For every good report card, let your child choose a reward. For every hour spent studying, introduce an hour of playtime.
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Become a Homework Helper
Sometimes your child needs help with all that homework. Offer him or her help with math problems, writing an essay, or researching the periodic table for a science project. Every time you offer your child English or math help, you’re proving that learning is fun and that you’re always there to give support and assistance. That goes a long way toward encouraging good grades.
Encourage Every Strength
Every child has a strength—and some children have many. Whether your child is a musical genius or has skills in math, science, and social studies, encourage every strength. Find extracurricular activities that build on your child’s skills and interests. Praise him or her for every job well done. Show up for science fairs, school plays, or band concerts. That type of encouragement instills a sense of pride in your child, which in turn inspires him or her to do well in school.
With encouragement, help, and patience, every child can bring home excellent grades. How do you like to inspire your children to learn, study, and do their homework?
L. Robinson is a full-time writer who loves words and enjoys school to a weird degree. She aspires to become a teacher and enjoys making learning fun and informative for all ages.