Monday, 23 November 2020

4 Ways To Support A Child Who Is Struggling At School

It’s often said that your school days are the best days of your life.

But for many kids, this isn’t always the case.

There are plenty of reasons a child may struggle in and out of the classroom, especially during what has been such a disruptive and challenging year for all of us.

And children may face any number of issues in school – for instance, a child who has no problems with academic performance may still struggle socially and feel isolated, whereas one who has a thriving social life may instead have trouble focusing and staying on target.

Whatever problems they may be facing, these are just four ways to support a child who is having a hard time in school.

1. Communicate with teachers

Your child’s school naturally has their best interests and heart, and their teachers simply want to see them do well.

And often, they will know better than anyone what issues your child faces and have the experience to create solutions that tackle these problems. They can advise you on your concerns and suggest ways to support your child from home, particularly if they require any specialist help.

2. Enlist Outside Help  

If your child needs additional academic support, pursuing further tutoring outside school can give them a much-needed boost.

Extra tuitional support isn’t just about improving your child’s grades, but furthering their understanding in a way that develops their individual confidence. This in turn enables them to face challenges in (and out) of the classroom.  

Teachers To Your Home provide flexible tutoring both in-person and online for a wide range of subjects and can help your child get back on track, overcome challenges in the classroom and smash their goals.

3. Try Extra-Curricular

After school clubs can be a great opportunity for your child to make new friends. These extra-curricular hobbies and activities are also a chance for your child to discover something that they’re passionate about.

This can be a healthy way to build their self-esteem – after all, your child’s confidence is about much more than their performance in the classroom, and learning a new skill that also provides them with a social outlet fosters their personal development.

Unfortunately, some schools may have placed these types of activities on pause for the time being due to the pandemic. If this is the case, why not see if you can find online activities for your child?

Or alternatively, suggest that your child’s school take one of their groups or clubs online – like a Zoom choir, for instance!

4. Communicate with your child

The best way to find out what challenges your child is facing at school is simply to talk to them! Ask them what is on their mind, what worries they have, and most importantly, how you can help.

Two-way communication ensures they feel listened to and respected and will leave them feeling better-equipped to deal with the challenges that face them.

We hope that these tips help you to support your child throughout their school life. 

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