Many parents see their child getting ready to go to the “big kid” world of grade school and think that all the preparation and anxiety they feel is merely watching their child really beginning to grow up. The reality is that a lot of that anxiety is probably based more on the fact that the parents have very little idea of exactly what their kid is going to have to know and understand and even less idea about how to go about helping them learn.
The most effective students in any learning environment are going to be the ones who are being helped along the way by a family member. A child’s educational success, especially a young child’s educational success is going to depend heavily on just how much support they are receiving from their parent or parents. There are a couple of steps any good parent can work on that will help their child get everything they can out of the school experience.
The first steps are making sure that your child is not trying to learn everything in the span of a couple of hours. While there are some who claim that cramming in college is the only way to go, it doesn’t work at the elementary school level. Young children should be learning as they go, not all at once. Another factor is to make sure that your child knows that you are engaged and interested in how they are doing in school. A child who has parents who quiz them on a daily basis about how school went and what sort of homework they have is bound to do better than the student who’s parents are too busy watching survivor to ask. Parents need to prepare themselves for grade school as well and that means knowing what will make the learning process easier for their child.