5 Tips to Keep Your Elementary School Kid on Track This Winter
There is so much to learn during the elementary school years and the school year seems longer to a student of this age. In fact, many students lose interest in school halfway through the year and have a little bit of trouble staying on track. Testing requirements seem to get harder each year, and teachers don’t have as much time to review as they did in the past. Although pressure is higher, there are so many ways a student of the stage can be successful in the classroom environment while still learning at their own pace. One of the best ways for elementary school kids to be successful is to work on time management with the help of their teachers and parents.
Elementary school kids are not ready to organize homework on their own, so they will need the help of a parent or tutor. However, students who start to improve their organizational skills at this age are often a lot more successful as they enter middle and high school. When homework is organized in advance students will know how much time it takes for them to finish a science assignment versus an English assignment. They begin to learn what they’re good at and what they need help with and figure out which subject they should complete first and which can be left until the end. Organization is one of the best skills a student of any age can develop.
Help with reading
Nearly every elementary school kid struggles with reading comprehension skills. Students who have not yet mastered reading at their grade level will often find that homework takes more time and their mental energy drains pretty quickly. Students may need help to sound out a word here and there and learn how to find the definition for a new vocab word or they may need to work separately with a supplemental educator to improve their overall reading comprehension skills.
Thinking of school and learning as a positive experience
Once kids view school as a negative part of their day, they will look for ways to get off track and find other ways to fill their time. Although many aspects of school provide academic challenges that need to be addressed, school and learning in general offers so many wonderful opportunities that create a major positive element to a student’s upbringing. One of the best ways to maintain a great attitude towards school is to make learning fun. Students should be able to read about topics they enjoy and learn at their pace.
It’s also important for younger students to have the appropriate amount of time to socialize. Of course, they can’t be talking during a lesson or interrupting other students, but they should be able to have time to run around at recess and chat with friends at lunch. They should also have an opportunity to play with neighbors or friends after school and spend time with their family. This is a crucial time in a child’s life to develop valuable social skills and feel like they’re part of a positive community of people who support them.
Mental energy versus physical energy
There is a huge difference between physical and mental energy and finding the right balance between the two can make all the difference in the success of an elementary school student. Many kids become mentally drained while they complete their homework or even during the school day but still have tons of physical energy to spare. It’s important for kids to have enough time to exercise or participate in sports, so they find the right balance throughout their elementary school experience.
Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.
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