Developing the Right Study Habits in Children

All parents want their children to study hard. This is actually one of the things that make studying difficult for some children. A better phrasing would be to study well. This is a more positive perspective. At a young age, you have to instill the love for learning and the continuous yearning for knowledge in your children. You cannot achieve this by forcing a pencil in his tiny hands and making him write his name over and over for a stretch of time. You have to make studying and learning fun for your kids. It’s not supposed to be a burdensome task.

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At a young age, you have to instill the love for learning and
the continuous yearning for knowledge in your children.

To develop the right study habits in children, you have to start with a few key ideas:

1. You need to have the right tools in the right place. Put his books, crayons, and activity sheets in a designated space. Invest in a study table for your child. You can start with the miniature colored tables and stools for your toddlers. As he grows, you might have to buy new furniture. If you have a home office, you can even have space for him so that you can “work” together.

2. You need to make studying a constant part of his routine. Consistency and regularity is an important part of developing study habits for children. Just like playtime and TV time, you have to set aside a regular study time every day. When you do this, he gets used to having a chunk of time sitting on his study table. As he starts schooling, he simply has to follow the same routine and review his lessons. You don’t even have to remind him anymore about what he’s supposed to do.

3. You need to make sure that he is having fun. Study time becomes such a chore when your child is not enjoying himself, when he feels stressed out, or when he feels pressured. Resist the urge to nag him about what he needs to do. Even more importantly, do not punish him for not getting perfect marks in his quizzes and schoolwork. Ask him about what interesting new things he learned at school. Be observant and you’ll pick cues on what he enjoys the most and what he needs help with. The best study habits for children are developed by making use of these observations rather than forcing your child to bury his nose into his textbooks.

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Roughing Out Kids’ Homework Worries

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If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

One of the most trying moments of parenting school children is getting their homework done. There are instances when a child worries too much about their homework and parents sometimes get too frustrated. These moments ensues fights, cries and storming off on both sides. While some parents don’t get mad, they become anxious about their kids’ anxiety. These approaches won’t help your kids deal with their homework worries, as parents, you should be calm about it and help your children cope. Homework will always be a part of school work and while some kids worry about it, they can survive it. Here are some ideas to help you support your kids deal with their homework worries slowly and steadily.

Be Compassionate with your Child

Homework can sometimes be tough and it can be thoroughly nerve-wracking to do. Let them know that you understand with simple statements such as “I’m sorry you are stressed and scared about this,” or “It’s hard to work on tough homework isn’t it?” With calm, reassuring statements of understanding and care can help your children can calm down their homework worries.

Calm your Child’s Body

When your child becomes really anxious about their homework, ask them to take deep, show breathes to expel “anxiety chemicals” in the brain. Do it with them to encourage them, once they have calmed down, they can learn and remember things better.

Use “Calm Sentences/Phrases”

Think of “calm sentences with your child when it comes to tough homework. Some good examples are, “I’ll try my best to do this, and it’s okay if I can’t do it all” or “My teacher hardly gets mad for unfinished homework, and even if they do, it’s okay.” Write your calm sentences on cards which they can read aloud when they get worried about homework. This way they also learn to deal with their fears and reassure themselves even without your interference.

Pep Talk with Teacher

Help your child discuss their homework worries with their teacher. Warn the teacher in advance so that they can prepare. Most teachers will be happy to help reassure children about school-related work. You can remind your child about your and their teacher’s support each time they get stressed out with tough homework.

Set a Time for Doing Homework

Ask your child to choose a set, short time for homework and stick to this routine for a month. Some children prefer to do it right after school to get it out of their way while others do it after eating and resting. If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

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Encouraging Your Children to Use The Computer Productively

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In this digital age, it is no wonder
that children can use the computer
without the help of an adult.

In this digital age, it is no wonder that children can use the computer without the help of an adult. Most of them are even better than their parents! Some, though, use the computer just for playing games and entertainment. They know all the key strokes and shortcuts to be able to beat their opponents in any game that they set their minds into. But, is that all they should do with their computer time? Why not, instead, encourage children to develop themselves by learning certain computer skills that are useful in an office environment?

Start with a typing tutor because typing the right way makes encoding a lot easier and faster. Even a 7-year old can start learning how to type with fingers in the right keys. Most typing tutor programs have different typing games to test the speed and accuracy of the what has been learned. Many of the school projects these days require typing. Learning how to do it right from the start will help considerably any student.

Office applications such as Windows’ Microsoft Office or Libre Office, the free open source version, include a word processor, a spreadsheet, a database manager, a drawing or image editor, a presentation or slide show creator. Being able to operate on these will give the child a great advantage especially when applying for an office job later or even when running his/her own business.

While there is a drawing or image editing tool included in the Office package, it is very limited. Being able to manipulate images is a great advantage especially when there are minor corrections that are needed to be done. Photoshop is equipped to help in this task but the free version is GNU Image Manipulation Program or GIMP. Layouting is another skill that is good to learn to be able to create calling cards, brochures and leaflets, etc.

When someone can operate on those application softwares, the future is only limited by one’s imagination. Start teaching your children how to use the computer and be equipped not only for his or her own business or for easy employment opportunity. After all, life is a continuous learning process.

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The Importance of School Furniture

For most parents, wanting their child to receive the best education possible is normal, something to be expected. When choosing which school to send them to, we usually take into account a number of important factors, such as the local reputation of the school and its academic performance in the last few years.

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For convenience, we might also look at how close each of the schools are to home, and for economic reasons we may debate the cost – is it a private school or a state school? If there were two that seemed equal after all this, our method of choosing would probably boil down to something almost superficial, like how much we liked the head teacher or the school’s outward appearance.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods are consistently changing to keep up with the times and the most modern theories and practises of education. The current vogue is a move toward a type of teaching that involves a number of styles, from the standard individual and group work to more specialised things such as working in a lab environment and using computer stations.

To keep up with this movement, the classroom furniture must be adaptable, able to function in all of these different situations. In order
for the teaching methods to work, the furniture used must be capable of working with them.

Ergonomics

Recent research has shown that students need a certain degree of movement to stop them losing concentration. The old theories were wrong – being forced to sit perfectly still actually leads to a loss of concentration, due to fidgeting; we actually have a natural tendency to move about and vary our postures.

To enable longer periods of concentration from pupils, furniture should be ergonomically sound and allow a certain freedom of flexibility; chairs that either rock or swivel are a perfect solution for this.

Comfort

If the chairs are the wrong size, if they don’t provide enough lumbar support, or if the desks are too low, the children can experience discomfort. There are a whole host of other causes that will make things uncomfortable for your children, even just the furniture being ill-matched.

For a matching set designed to result in a combination of comfort, performance and aesthetics, see the range that Innova Solutions has to offer.

Health

The comfort factor spins out into affecting health. If you don’t want your children to suffer from sore backs (or possibly even end up with permanent spinal damage – scary but true) then you’ll want to make sure the school you send them to has suitable furniture!

Performance

All of the above points combine to influence this final one. If the school furniture is comfortable, ergonomic and adaptable, it can have a very positive effect on your child’s academic performance.

Every parent wants the best for their child, and you can make it slightly easier for them to achieve success in school by ensuring that it
has the best possible furniture.

This is a blog post for Innova Solutions the interior furniture company for schools and universities.

 

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