Children who are in preschool often excel with their tasks. They are still excited about the fact that they “get to go to school”. Pre-k is fun so why wouldn’t any kid do well? The sad fact is, that no matter how well a child does at this age, their grades often slip after the first couple of years in school. They soon learn that it is required that they go to school rather than being something fun to do during the day. Parents have to learn how to help their children’s grades remain high throughout their school history.
Here are some ways to help your child’s school grades stay high beyond Pre-K:
Encouragement- Encourage your child to continue getting good grades throughout school by giving them incentive to do so. There are many ways that you can encourage your child to get good grades through giving incentives. At grade school level, stickers for a job well done often does the trick. The older your child gets, the more elaborate you can make the incentives.
Place Importance on Education- Instill the importance of a good education into your children. Children need to learn early on that a good education will help them find better jobs throughout their career when they graduate school. If your child has dreams of a certain career path when they get older, the grades they get throughout the school history will make a huge difference in the type of college they are able to get into and the types of scholarships they are able to receive.
Help with School Work- One of the areas that can be difficult for children when they start school is getting the homework done. There is a possibility that the child doesn’t completely grasp the concepts that are in front of them or that they need a reminder on how to do something. Whatever the case may be, make sure that you are available to help your child through his/her school work. Sometimes, it takes a second pair of eyes and a little explaining, but your child can excel in any task as long as they have your help to do it.
School Contacts- Keep in close contact with the school your child attends in order to track the progress of your child’s grades. Keeping in close contact with teachers and other staff members at the school will give you a better perspective about where your child stands. That doesn’t mean that you have to be in daily contact with your child’s school, but sporadic checks once a month won’t hurt either.
Extracurricular Activities- Putting your child into some extracurricular activities will help keep your child’s interest on school and learning. This in turn will help keep their grades higher throughout their school years and far beyond Pre-K. Extracurricular activities are fun for the kids and keeps them focused on things that they need to be focused on and away from things that will bring their grades down.
It isn’t always easy to keep your children interested in school or encourage them to strive for good grades throughout their school history. As the post Pre-k years pass, children figure out that they will have to sit at a desk all day long. They will also discover friends and life outside of school. The older your children get, the less interested in their school grades they will get. It is up to every parent to make sure that their children are giving their very best from Pre-K and beyond.