It is our duty as mothers to teach our children to study independently. This can be easily accomplished with these simple tips.
For most parents, getting their children to learn to do well in school independently is an achievement that requires effort, time and commitment. All children are different, they develop different abilities and interests; For this reason, it is important to detect what their concerns are, their retention capacity, their motivations, among other factors.
Some parents spend many hours in the afternoons studying with their children, but in the end their grades are not entirely favorable, this can damage both the self-esteem of the children and that of the parents, but the problem is not only studying, but understanding the information to turn it into knowledge.
Many factors intervene in school failure: the first and most important are the eating habits and the hours of rest that children should have, as well as the moments of fun. In this sense, do your best so that they always study in the same place and at the same time, so that they themselves identify that the study is their responsibility.
As a mother, I know that teaching children to study independently takes a lot of effort. In that understanding, I leave you a series of five tips so that they achieve their objectives together:
1. Start with mental activities
Have you heard of brain gymnastics? Not? Well, it is the way to activate the coordination of the two cerebral hemispheres; If the brain is active there will be no failures in its functioning. The areas involved in these exercises are language, reasoning, memory, concentration and abstraction. As examples you can do:
: the hands are placed with the palms down, in front of the body, at the level of the neck. An imaginary circle is drawn in an inward direction, while with the other hand an imaginary circle is made in an outward direction.
stand up and close your eyes, raise both arms stretching them to the sides, now lift your foot and put it in a four shape; take a deep breath and release the air slowly, then move your arms forward and stay in that position for a few seconds; repeat the exercise with the other foot.
Attention and memory
they have three minutes to read a list of words; Then, on a blank sheet of paper, the words that are remembered are written down, then an image of the words already written is drawn, finally the words are read again, but remembering the figure of each word imagined. The exercise can be repeated many times.
Relee: Learning to write takes place at home.
2. Create a study space
It is essential that your child has a table with enough space for his homework and that the environment is calm. Paint the place with some colors that help maintain concentration: blue or green are the most recommended for the study, and avoid placing your desk or table in front of a window, because it will be easily distracted. You can also hang a chalkboard or marker to reinforce knowledge. The place must be orderly, clean, well lit and ventilated.
3. Organizational lessons
It is common for children to have different subjects, so it is important to have time for each one. Start with the most complicated tasks for them, because in this way their concentration and attention will be at the maximum. It is advisable to make a weekly calendar the size of a large cardboard, which must be glued to the side of your work table; that will help you plan your tasks.
4. Teach him to understand information
After reading his notes from class, help him connect them with anecdotes from everyday life, so it will be easier for him to remember the important things. Teach him to write down main ideas and to use colors to underline ideas that require memorization. One of the techniques to facilitate the study are mental or conceptual maps and summaries, they are ideal for processing information, understanding it and relating it.
If your child is young, re-read: Help Your Preschoolers Understand Math.
To retain information you have to understand it in your own words; I therefore recommend that you review notes and homework with your children once a week.
By following these simple tips, over time you will see that your child will be more independent. Don’t forget to motivate him and celebrate his achievements.