Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Six Things Teachers Need from Parents



If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to educate them too. Studies show that parents who get involved in the education of their students see much better results in confidence and grades. Of course teachers understand that parents have hectic schedules and very little time to share with their kids, but setting aside just an hour or so a day to dedicate to academics can make all the difference in your child’s life. Schedule too hectic?  Tutor Doctor Longmont provides tutoring that is convenient and in home-- contact us today!
Read to your children
Reading helps you to open communication as most children will have questions about the text. Reading to your children encourages them to read and this is one of the best gifts you can give since effective reading will make studying and getting through all those text books so much easier. Your children are never too young or too old to learn to love reading.
Introduce yourself
Get to know your children’s teachers and make sure that you touch base regularly. Don’t be the parent who only contacts the teacher when they have a problem; instead keep the channels of communication open and offer help as often as your schedule allows. Teachers have a tough job and it’s nice for them to feel like you are on their side.
Conflict resolution
Encourage your children to socialize with their classmates outside of the classroom and guide them in problem solving with students that they don’t get along with. If students are able to resolve conflicts on their own, teachers don’t always have to be the referee.
Take part
A great way to help the teacher out is to get involved in school activities when your schedule allows. Helping to organize events, raise funds or with maintenance around the school will help you to form a relationship with the very important educators who are responsible for your child’s schooling.
Teachers can accomplish so much more when they have the support of parents and a team they can count on. There are many benefits for you too; you get to meet other parents and many of the teachers and children with whom your child spends their day.
When you participate in school activities, your children will be encouraged to do so too and they will feel like you care about their education and success. Getting involved helps to illustrate just how important education is and that it is something worthy of investment.
Make learning fun
Reading books at home, teaching your children how to measure ingredients and bake, playing educational games together, taking courses outside of school and discovery the art, history and science museums together shows your family that learning is an essential, lifelong pursuit that can be fun too. 

Pitching in
Teach your kids the skills they will need to navigate classroom life like cleaning up after themselves, taking responsibility, following instructions and being able to work in a team. Each child and teacher are different and the best way to navigate each school year is to be open to communication with your teachers and your students so that you can resolve issues before they grow. 

 
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dealing with Anxiety



Anxiety is an increasing problem among children of school-going age. For some, it’s just a phase or a particular circumstance that makes them feel uncomfortable and many of these will pass. But for others, anxiety disorder can cause discomfort, poor academic performance and feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness. Exam time is when most students feel anxious, but if you notice a persistent problem, there are many steps to take to help your child feel happy and healthy.
Anxiety takes its toll mentally, but it is also manifested in physical symptoms. Anxiety may cause your child to suffer from stomach aches and headaches, have difficulty falling asleep or become overly emotional. Luckily there are many strategies for helping your children to cope with stress.
Breathe
Taking large breaths is a great way to relieve stress, slow heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Get your child to breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth. Distract them further by getting them to focus on breathing into the belly. They can place their hands in their stomachs to ensure that they are breathing correctly.
Talk it through
When children feel upset, their fears are often irrational. Help your child to identify the triggers – this can be done by helping them to recognize the physical manifestations of anxiety (sweaty palms, tight stomach etc.). Once they have established that they are feeling anxious, they need to identify what they are afraid of and ask themselves if it’s a rational fear. Help them to think back to the last time they were in a similar situation; did everything work out ok then?
If your child has fears that are realistic i.e. they are scared to go on a family vacation because they saw a plane crash on the news, discuss probability and coping strategies should the worst case scenario happen so that they feel more prepared to deal with upcoming situations.
Fear itself
Often children think of their fear as something that is exterior and therefore not in their power to control. Once you and your child are able to identify anxiety, you can help them to control their feelings. One way to do this is to tell their worries to go away or to put them in a mental worry ‘box’. Take time each day to ‘open’ the worry box and discuss worries before putting them away until tomorrow.
Walk it out
Exercise, especially in the throws of a bout of anxiety, is a great way to calm down and take your mind off your anxieties. Get your children to run around, do some jumping jacks or go for a walk. Exercise also releases feel-good hormones which will help to elevate the mood and relax the body.
Show empathy; just because your child’s fears are unfounded or overblown doesn’t make them any less real. Acknowledge the anxiety, talk about it and try to find solutions that work for everyone.  Be there to help and support while getting your children to work through their own fears. 

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