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Can we improve our children’s education?

September 17, 2012

It is raining today in Nashville and the worst thing about the rain, when you have dogs, is the lack of dog park activity. Since I have very active dogs the rain puts a mighty damper (pun intended!) on their exercise. So this afternoon when the rain let up a bit I took them for a walk around the near-by school that is down the block from our house. It’s a good half mile walk and my hope is that they appreciate going out and realize this rain is temporary. Not always so…The rain let up around 330PM as the nearby school was letting out and parents were picking up their kids. I was thinking how difficult it is, today – compared to when my kids were in grade school – to make sure they get a good education and that they can be prepared to learn…daily. I came across an article that had some great points on ways we can improve our children’s education.

  • SLEEP, We know from talking with teachers that children are sleepy in the classroom and that it is a significant problem. Families don’t go to sleep as early as they need to, often because of late-running, after-school activities combined with homework or watching TV and just plain old losing track of time.  Since lack of sleep interferes with your child’s learning, make an effort to help your child get his/her rest. Elementary school kids require at least nine hours of sleep at night to be well rested and some kids even more.
  • UNPLUG,TV, iPad, Facebook, Video games, Cell phones…Enough! The Kaiser Foundation reported in 2010 that heavy media use can lead to poor grades and lower levels of personal contentment, meanwhile media use has only increased since then.
  • MAKE TEACHER CONTACT, Yes, you’re busy, but what’s more important? The work will always be there or the little boy who will one day move away from home? To really understand how your child is doing in school – and to help him do his best – reach out to his teachers…and not just at the start of the year.
  • LIVE WITH LEARNING, Every summer when kids get out of school parents and educators worry about “brain-dead.” Why should the learning stop just because school’s out or on break?
  • BUILD POSITIVE FEELINGS, If your child is prone to negative thinking, once he gets on that negative roller coaster at school, it’s very difficult to stop the disorienting effect it has on learning. What can you do to help your child? Help your child build tools that will keep negative thoughts at bay; 1) Develop good study habits and organization at home; 2) Read and reread directions and underline things for emphasis at school and home; 3) Organize thoughts to the task at hand so there’s an order to the work; 4) Don’t panic. Teach your child to ask himself, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” 5) Encourage and encourage some more.
  • ENRICHMENT, Kids are not born knowing what they want to be when they grow up. That is why parents need to make sure they have plenty of exposure to the different things in life that interest them. When your child discovers an interest, help him be mindful of his experiences and don’t rush him along.
  • HANDS ON, Educators around the world agree that the physical act of making things help with learning, so find ways to engage your kids by allowing them to DO things with their hands in order to learn.
  • CUT “BUSY,” If your kids are overscheduled with activities, you can’t demand As from them without being cruel. Maybe one after-school sport or activity is all a kid needs?
  • REINFORCE LESSONS, Whether your child’s class studies butterflies, your hometown, baby animals or math, the topic is a way to train kids to think, remember, make connections and theorize. Help to stroke your child’s curiosity and enthusiasm about whatever subject is being covered at school by engaging talk at dinner, in the car or during homework time.
  • PRIORITIZE LEARNING, If your child is not performing well at school, help him with his homework, meet with his teacher, find him the support he needs.

When Chelsey and Lace were in grade school and beyond, we had to participate as the money schools got back then was even less than now. I hope I am not aging myself, here…there just seems  to be a common theme with how we should approach this…participate in your kids life…show up. And as I transition into how Gunwel Associates Inc is like the parent…we are there for you to help you with all of your financial issues that you may encounter. You work hard for you money, let us work smart to help you keep it! Give us a call at 615-730-9444 or visit our website at www.gunwel.com.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2012 7:02 pm

    Great article, totally what I wanted to find.

  2. March 20, 2013 11:58 am

    It’s very interesting info! Thanks a lot for it.

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