If you are a parent of children in school, you may be wondering how you can help them be successful. You will encounter lots of different advice and answers if you search for this problem on the internet.
What common answer will you get? In all likelihood, you will discover that reading is the number one recommended thing that can help your children do well in academics, followed closely by one other thing.
What is that second thing? It’s a very simple and easy thing to do. It is simply talking and conversing with your children as much as humanly possible.
The most important thing you can do at home is to have a very strong love for reading and lots of materials that can be read. If possible, fill your home with as many reading materials as you can.
Here are some examples:
- Comic books
- Books from the public library
- Free books
- Books from family members
- Books as gifts
Now just having books in the home is just the beginning. The best step is to set aside time for reading, and then to start reading.
- Reading at bedtime
- Reading during the day
- Fun free choice reading
- Reading at libraries
- Books in the car for reading while driving around
- Books on the car to take on vacations
- Comic books to take anywhere
The next thing you can do is to talk to your child, and talk as much as possible. There is quite a lot of research that shows that the young brain of a child grows faster when family members talk a lot to the child.
What can you talk about?
- Talk about how to cook
- Explain how to repair things
- Read books out loud
- Read out loud the words on street signs
- Read out loud everything inside stores
- Talk about anything and everything
Remember these two things if you want your children to be successful in school. It is very important to read on a regular basis and if course to do that you need quite a lot of different types of reading materials at home. Also, try and talk to your children as much as possible from there first day of their lives.
If you can do these things, you will likely help your children do better in school and in life. These activities take effort and discipline, of course, but the results can be wonderful.