Maintaining Momentum in School - Kumon

Maintaining Momentum in School

March 28, 2011 ~

As the end of the school year approaches and the weather begins to warm up, it’s easy for little minds to daydream about fun in the sun and lose focus on schoolwork. Your child may not even be aware that it’s happening, which is why it’s important to pay close attention to his or her grades and stay in contact with his or her teachers.
There are several ways you can ensure your child is on track for a strong finish to the school year. If your child’s grades start slipping now, it can be a challenging undertaking to catch up with so few months left in the school year. Help your child maintain his or her momentum and lend a hand when obstacles arise. Maintain Relationships With Teachers Good communication with your child’s teacher or teachers is a valuable resource for parents who want to help their child be his or her best. Educators can give helpful advice and provide information that your child may not readily share with you. For example, teachers will know exactly which concepts and skills your child is mastering and which are issues. If things seem amiss or grades show a downward trend, reach out and discuss your concerns and ask teachers what you can do at home to help. Frequent and open communication with teachers will provide insights you won’t get anywhere else.
Consider Sources of Stress Stress can be a powerful motivator or a factor that is stifling your child’s success. Evaluate stressors at home, at school and in your child’s social life and consider the possible impact they are having on his or her academic success. For example, if your child is upset at home or being bullied in class, it could be influencing his or her progress in school. Make an attempt to discover these outside sources of stress and take action to mitigate them as much as possible.
One of the most effective methods to discover the cause of your child’s stress is to simply ask. Knowing what is affecting your child’s ability to perform in school is the first step toward addressing these influences. Children may not be used to talking about stressful aspects of their lives, which is why it is important to pry a little in an attempt to uncover what is hindering your child’s success in the classroom. From there, you can begin to make the necessary adjustments to help reduce the effect that stress has on your child in school.
Stress is a natural human behavior that children will continue to experience and feel throughout their lives. However, as parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children how to handle and control stress. With daily practice and a positive mental attitude, children can learn to manage stress to ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm them to the point where they can no longer function.
Stay Positive and Realistic Your child works hard to do his or her best. Though you may always want to see an A on that science test, it might turn out to be a B-minus. Your child is bound to experience setbacks, and unrealistic goals will not help him or her thrive. School prepares your child for the real world, and the real world comes with failures and stumbling blocks.  Children need to know that as long as they are trying their hardest and doing their best work, that is all that counts. We can’t always be No. 1, and often acknowledging the effort is more important than rewarding the results.
Children who find themselves in situations that challenge them academically deserve recognition for their efforts, no matter what the score happens to be on the exam. When you stay positive in the face of adversity and set realistic expectations, your child will reflect the same attitudes. Adopting this approach will help teach your child to continue pursuing his or her goals in spite of hardships along the way.
When you understand the roadblocks your child is facing, you can work together to map a route around those obstacles so that he or she doesn’t lose momentum. Perseverance is an important life skill that you want your child to attain, and it can only be gained through experiencing a challenge and working through it. This means we have to allow our children to learn to pick themselves up after setbacks and try again. Your child will only grow stronger, more confident and secure, knowing that he or she can persevere through adversity.