Whether your child is starting a new school or moving onto to
a new class and a new teacher, they are facing new experiences, new
opportunities and new challenges.The
following tips are some of the things that you can do to encourage and nurture
their learning and help them have a happy and successful year.
1. Have a routine and stick to it.Family diaries or timetables on notice boards
can help you and your child remember when to take in PE kits, instruments,
etc.Older students could use their
phones to make notes on assignments and use alerts to remind them to hand in
homework.Have a specific time for
reading and homework and an area in which your child can complete their home
learning activities.Have paper, pencils
and crayons easily accessible so that your child can focus on completing the
activity.Having a routine can make the
day less stressful for all.
2.Get a good night's sleep.Research recommends that school children have
10 hours sleep. Tired students find it more difficult to focus in class and
this has an impact on their learning.
3.Eat a good breakfast and provide your child with
a healthy snack and lunch.Your child
will be more alert and focused at school if they are not hungry and don’t
have too much sugar in their system.
4.Be on time for school.Arriving late, can be stressful for your child,
it disrupts the class and may mean that your child has missed key information
and work; this will have a negative impact on their learning.
5.Provide your child with opportunities to
experience new things and to ask questions; take an interest in their school
projects, e.g. visiting library and museums together.There are a range of extra curricular activities and local clubs that
your child can participate in.
6.Fresh air and exercise are important to your
child's learning.Give your child time
to play, to be creative and to be curious.
"Play is the answer to how anything new comes
about." (Jean Piaget)