Most times life can be so difficult to juggle, that we neglect the most precious things that are standing right in front of us.
Have you ever had moments where you literally felt like you weren’t being a “good” parent? You weren’t attending PTO Conferences, Study Nights, Parent After School Activities–any educational activity for your child. Well, they felt it, too. Even though these things go unnoticed, small missions like spending 30 minutes studying with your child, can help build your relationship and improve their grades. It’s not much, but it is a starter, and for parents who don’t do this, this is more than enough. This works great for busy parents, stay at home parents, and eager parents. So to share a few tips with you:
1. Have Your Child Teach You Something From Class.
Have them LITERALLY teach you the concept. I do this to my students all the time. When they first learn something from class, or I teach them something, I make them teach it back to me to see if they understand it. It shouldn’t take no longer than 2 minutes if they get the concept.
2. Practice Spelling With Children In Grades 2nd-4th.
Spelling is crucial during this development stage for children. It is important for children to be able to spell, comprehend, and understand definitions for words. Practicing spelling words weekly is an additional bonus to their diction. You can simply place tedious spelling words on a sticky note around the house. It would be fun if you rearranged the words, and made your child figure it out including the definition. Your child will be a genius in no time! This will ensure relationship building for the two of you (or however many children you have), and increase their intelligence.
3. Study With Flashcards
I know this one can be a bit repetitive, but flashcards truly do work. Studies have shown that when you are learning new information, writing it down helps you memorize it more by 10-20%. I personally didn’t like writing handmade flashcards, so I utilize Quizlet.
Quizlet is a website where children are able to write our their notes, utilize test taking strategies, and play memorization games with their flashcard. I recommend this for parents who have longer than 30 minutes a day, but this is something that can be worked on during the weekends! The point is to help your child maintain all information in a creative way so that they will not get burnt out. I suggest you try it, and if you don’t like flashcards, Quizlet is a better option.
These are just three short tips that I want to pass on to you from my personal experience, but of course there’s plenty more here!