October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
It can be frustrating to watch your child struggle in school. Sometimes as a parent, you wonder how you can help your child to be more successful and happier with their school days. There are actually quite a few activities that you can participate in to help your child develop the traits and skills she will need to do better in her schoolwork. These five activities will make for some fun afternoons filled with relationship building and skill learning.
As silly as it may seem, learning and practicing magic tricks with your child can benefit them in their studies. Magic tricks take a lot of focus and concentration to do correctly. This activity will help your child to be more detail-oriented which will definitely help with math and science. As time goes on you both might get so good that you can work towards more advanced tricks or even create your own. If you don’t feel like you or your child will be interested in learning magic tricks, you can always choose a different hobby that will take an equal amount of patience and attention to master.
Perhaps one reason why your child isn’t enjoying school is because he gets too stressed to be able to properly do hiswork. Help your child learn some breathing exercises that will help to calm him in a stressful schooling environment. During these calming exercises, help your child visualize being successful in all of the things he wishes to do whether it be school, a sport, or some other activity that he loves. Meditating can help your child to focus and feel refreshed and confident as they get back to work.
Writing stories together is a great opportunity for you to really get to know your child better. This activity will help you see the world from your child’s perspective and also get a feel for your child’s interests, sense of humor, concerns, or feelings. Suggest to your child that the two of you write an entire book of stories together. Although you and your child might want to see the results right away, this activity will take time and help your child to practice patience in her endeavors. Additionally, story writing is a great way for your child to use some of the creativity she may have been storing up all day.
A great way to work on your child’s memory and attention span is to play a game called “What’s Different?” Have your child sit in a room with you and notice everything about it. Then have your child step out while you change three or four things in the room. You can move a pillow from one side of the couch to the other, move the clock ahead six hours, turn a cup upside, or anything else. Have your child come back and try to notice what is different in the room. Take turns testing each other and play it in a different room every time so that you don’t get bored.
To develop your child’s strategy skills and help them learn to make plans, play strategic games together. Board games like chess, checkers, Clue, or Monopoly will help your child to realize that success takes planning and time. Playing these games will show your child that it is important to make daily plans, set goals, and be aware of other factors that may affect success. Children don’t have to feel alone while they are trying to succeed in school. Show your child that you support them and that you have confidence in their abilities. Spend time with your child to develop special skills and abilities. Along the way you may find that what they really needed to succeed was just a little extra care and attention from a parent that they love and admire.
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Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, collecting wooden chess pieces and sharing her experiences with others.