WOMAN 2 WOMAN:How to help your children at school

Schools officially opened this week for a new term. While it is the responsibility of both parents to ensure that their children attend school, as a mother you have an extra role to play here.

Schools officially opened this week for a new term. While it is the responsibility of both parents to ensure that their children attend school, as a mother you have an extra role to play here.

As a woman you have the potential boost the intellectual capacity of your children. But it takes maximum dedication and hard work.

Scientists who study how the brain works have shown that children learn earlier and learn more than we once thought possible.

From birth through age 5, children are developing the language, thinking, physical, emotional and social skills that they will need for the rest of their lives.

As a mother, you can help your child want to learn in a way no one else can. That desire to learn is a key to your child’s later success.

The first five years of a child’s life are a time of tremendous physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth. Children enter the world with many needs in order to grow: love, nutrition, health, social and emotional security and stimulation are important skills that prepare them for success.

Research shows clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them.

Families, who involve their children in activities that allow the children to talk, explore experiment and wonder, show that learning is both enjoyable and important.

They motivate their children to take pleasure in learning and to want to learn more. They prepare them to be successful in school and in life.

There is a strong connection between the development a child undergoes early in life and the level of success that the child will experience later in life. Avoid pushing your responsibility as a parent to a house helper.

House helper or maids should only come in to complement your efforts as a mother.

Encourage your children to ask questions:  it is the best way for them to learn. For instance, you and your child can: sort the socks on laundry day - sorting is a major function in math and science; cook a meal together - cooking involves not only math and science but good health as well; tell and read each other stories - storytelling is the basis for reading and writing (and a story about the past is also history); or play games together - playing physical games will help your child learn to count and start on a road to lifelong fitness.

Conversely when a child begins school, it is important to give them guidance and support. Help your children do homework and corrections from their exercise books. It is also a good practice to make academic visitations to monitor the academic progress of your child.

Keep in touch with your child’s class teachers and this will help you to know what is going at school while you are away.

By doing things together, you will show that learning is fun and important. You will be encouraging your child to study, learn, and stay in school.

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