Academic Success One Day at a Time
Parents want academic success for their children. They know that a good education can open many doors of opportunity for them. Children, however, live in the here and now. They don’t consider the long-term consequences of their decisions. How can we break down the lofty task of educating our children into doable tasks they can embrace? Here are five tips of actions that parents and children can do daily to establish good learning habits.
- Do homework daily. Establish the habit of study by setting aside time for homework each day.
- Read every day. Whether it’s part of the homework assignment or not, have your child read to you, with you, or alone every day.
- Allow your child to do her own homework; don’t do it for her. If, after you have provided support, your child still commits errors, leave the errors. The teacher needs to see what your child is doing wrong in order to know what she still needs to teach.
- Teach children to work independently. They should read the instructions for the various homework assignments by themselves, and explain to you what they need to do. Support by asking questions rather than by telling them what to do.
- When your child is having problems with learning, motivate him. Along with making sure that the teacher provides support in the classroom, help your child understand that none of us is perfect. Sometimes learning is hard and takes time, but he will learn.
Form Good Study Habits
The tips listed above, if worked on daily, will become study habits. Strong study habits are formed through repetition. Even though your child is a creature of the moment, you can set the foundation for academic success one day at a time.
Please share any tips you have for creating good study habits. We would love to share them.
With love and affection,
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Rosemarie Pérez has worked with English learners and their families in public education for more than twenty years. She has served as a bilingual teacher, professional developer, and district administrator. Administrative roles included serving as the Director of English Learners for an elementary school district and as a Coordinator of Reading and Language for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Rosemarie continues to work with families as she leads the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Parent Engagement Initiative during the past three years. Ms. Pérez provides expert guidance to teachers, school site staff, and school administrators in creating culturally sensitive parent training modules and academic curricular units. She facilitates parent education and Common Core Standards workshops. Engaged parents are further trained to become parent leaders and advocates. Rosemarie is the mother of five adult children and three grandchildren.