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As a parent, you must remember that you and your child have a long term relationship. People will come and go but you, as a parent, provide your child's continuity. Children learn as much at home as in school. It is important to keep in mind "how" children learn as well as "what" they learn. Learning takes time and needs concentration; you can easily help your child to study and to learn.

Learning takes time and concentration

  • Remember things which are obvious to you, are not so for 7 year olds. Understand, if they make mistakes.

  • As they get older, their attention span increases. They now begin to learn to screen out distractions. Help them by sitting down with them for short periods of time, and see them through something.

Helping your child to study

  • Practice makes perfect. Encourage them to repeat and to use facts and ideas until they have mastered them. Ask them to repeat everything.

  • Give regular tests so that you know where you child stands.

  • Use teaching aids. Get more books to help you teach. There are a wide range of "workbooks" for maths, reading, spelling etc. which can be fun, when done together.

  • Allocate a certain time for studying which suits both of you. A child definitely works better with a parent close at hand for support, questions and help, when required.

  • Encourage your child to speak about different topics and be curious.

  • Show them what resources are available to them i.e. the local library, encyclopedias etc.

Helping your child to learn

  • Use everyday opportunities. Point out interesting things during the day, wherever you are- be it the kitchen, car, post office- and try to make everything a learning experience while having fun.

  • Encourage your child.Praise and compliment your child but accurately. Keep reminding them of their progress.

  • Present topics in an interesting way. There are a variety of sources available to help you: books, educative commercials and even television.

  • Don't refrain from asking for help when required. You are a parent not an encyclopedia! Seek additional help from tutors or friends, when you really feeling the need. This is definitely not an admission of failure.

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