Your child’s classroom is a base with a flurry of knowledge, exchanges, ideas and productivity. As children make attempts, learn from failures and gain from achievements, there come structures that teachers pave from the beginning and carry on throughout the school year. From the start of a new year, students learn the rules and follow specific routines that create expectations that we all benefit from. And much like the moving gears of a class community, this type of structure might even be more important in the home.
A child’s active learning process, while exploratory, sits on the backbone of routines and rules. With that come age-appropriate rewards and consequences. Transferring what your child is accustomed to in his or her class and bringing that back home is a team effort. When you create an environment of academic expectation at home, you build the groundwork for learning and behavioral success that doesn’t end when the dismissal bell rings. The following are just a few reminders and suggestions you can try for your child(ren).
1. After school, set up a routine such as: snack, homework, checking the homework, then an activity of his or her choice. Setting allotted time for homework (ex. 45 minutes) is a useful tool. This means that your child will have to use all of that time for homework, or more if need be. This might help to alleviate problems such as rushing to finish his or her assignments. If your child finishes homework early, they still use the remainder of the time for some other academic practices.
2. Rewards for good behavior, making good choices, and earning good grades don’t need to cost money. Sometimes, a walk in the neighborhood together, 30 minutes at the playground, throwing a ball in the yard, helping to cook or bake, or an extra bedtime story is all that a child needs to feel rewarded
3. Speaking of bedtime stories, children can never be too old for them. Whether they read to you or you read to them, setting up 15 minutes or so each night for this important moment is a great way to wind down the day and builds on the bond with your child. It supports routines and paves a road to the love of books!
4. Setting up a regular “going to bed” time.
5. When issuing consequences, consistency is key. Consequence such as taking away technology, social media and outings should to be carried through. It might be easier for a child to disobey at home and at school if adults “give in”.