What Can Parents Do To Help Kids Learn In 2023?'

 Learning is one of the most integral aspects of early life. Whether you have a child in kindergarten or your kids are in high school, it’s natural to want them to take full advantage of their education and enjoy learning. The way children learn has changed and evolved due to advances in technology and there are some incredible resources and platforms available. If you’re looking to help your kids learn in 2023, this guide is packed with innovative ideas. 

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Create a supportive, nourishing home environment

The environments in which we live and learn can have a major bearing on our mental health and well-being, as well as our capacity to study and work. Creating a supportive, nourishing home environment helps children to learn and develop and it can play a key role in giving them the confidence to perform to the best of their ability at school. Your child’s home should be a safe space where they feel calm, happy and content. Spend quality time together as a family, talk frequently, have fun together and set up zones where they can rest, unwind and enjoy downtime as well as areas to learn, get creative and play. 

Be a cheerleader

Some kids have bags of confidence when it comes to taking classes, getting involved in activities and doing assignments at school, but others struggle. They may be introverted, which makes it more difficult to interact in group settings, or they may worry about getting answers wrong or feeling embarrassed if they don’t understand a topic. One of the best things you can do for your child to help them to learn and get the most out of their time at school is to be a cheerleader. Build them up, reassure and encourage them and let them know that it’s perfectly normal to find some subjects hard or to get a question wrong. Try not to put too much pressure on your children. Kids, particularly teens, tend to experience anxiety when assignments are due or tests are around the corner. Boost your child’s confidence and encourage them to try their hardest. Let them know that the world won’t come crumbling down if they don’t get top marks in the class. For more advice about helping your child to feel more confident, have a look at this article https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/self-esteem.html

Make learning as fun as possible

Most of us have memories of subjects we used to dread and classes we loved. The most memorable classes are usually fun or unique. There is still a place for sitting in a classroom and writing notes from a board or doing exercises in a textbook, but there are myriad benefits to making learning more enjoyable. Today, parents, teachers and children have access to a dazzling array of resources and activities like online quizzes and games, printable worksheets and video lessons like this one www.generationgenius.com/videolessons/weather-vs-climate-video-for-kids/. Varying activities and using visual resources, such as images, graphs, charts, video clips and interactive games make education fun and it’s also a brilliant way to aid learning. It’s also a fantastic idea to include practical activities and explore different environments. Get outside and look for trees, animals and flowers to bring the pages of science books to life or visit a national park and see geographic wonders in real life, for example. 

Talk about sources of stress or anxiety

Stress and anxiety are common barriers to academic performance and they also impact health and well-being. A 2021 survey by the American Psychological Association showed that 43% of teens felt stressed. There are many reasons why children and teenagers suffer from stress and anxiety ranging from problems at home, exams and assignments, relationships with peers and bullying to hormonal changes and anxiety about other factors, such as wider societal issues like war and conflict and climate change. As a parent, it’s important to try to open channels of communication and encourage your kids to talk to you if they feel down, they’re worried about something or they’re struggling with a specific problem at school. Take time to listen and don’t apply too much pressure. If they don’t feel ready to open up now, leave them and let them know you’re always there if they do want to talk or they need some help or advice. 

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Parents encourage their children to learn from day one, but it isn’t always easy to know how to help your kids to thrive at school, especially when they get older. The way children learn and access education is evolving continuously. Today, parents have access to incredible resources, but there are also additional challenges to navigate, with more children experiencing stress and feeling pressure to do well and fit in. To help your kids learn in 2023, create a supportive, nourishing home environment, make learning fun, be a cheerleader and talk to them if they’re stressed or anxious. 

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