A new school year is fast approaching and once again children have a brand new slate. If we take time now, say education professionals, to stir up some excitement for learning, the usual back-to-school anxiety will not only be reduced, it will be replaced with a growing confidence.
Parents can lay the groundwork with these confidence-building tips from Kumon Math and Reading Centres:
• Develop a regular study time every day. Ask your child if he or she works best right after school, just before dinner, or immediately after dinner — and while flexibility is required, do ensure that the study time is a habit that occurs every day.
• Help your child to manage assignments and tests by spreading the work out. Remember, procrastination feeds anxiety. Encourage your child to be prepared and begin assignments early.
• Take an interest in what your child is learning by asking questions and offering ideas. This gives your child an opportunity to review work and extend learning. Encourage your child to ask for help when needed.
• Review your child’s homework each day to ensure completion and to support the development of good study habits.