One of the hardest jobs of a parent is keeping their children focused on education at home. Parents need to understand the importance of education in their household. I have listed three ways parents can keep the family focusing on education.
The number of hours children spent at home with their parents could be between 12 to 16 hours each day. What parents allow to happen during those hours will determine what kind of educational foundation is available in their household. Most children will probably sleep for eight hours, which will leave four to eight hours to use constructively. If two hours are spent doing homework, there are still several hours available for additional constructive uses.
The first recommendation is not to allow television viewing or playing of video games during the week. The week should be used for school work or educational games only. If not enough homework was assigned by teachers, parents should develop homework assignments, or give children reading assignments to improve their skills. Parents should have a lot of educational games at home so children can play when time is available. Some games such as puzzles, Legos, chess, checkers, coloring books, and educational computer games can be utilized for developing educational foundations.
Another way to keep the focus on education is to take the family on regular trips to the bookstore and library. This will generate excitement. Why not make books exciting by taking children to purchase their own books! After several visits to the book store, curiosity about books should carry over to read more. Make sure they have a bookshelf in their bedroom. Parents are planting seeds when books are available every day, and the entire household will realize that reading is important. In addition, parents should practice what they preach and read and purchase books for themselves to model good habits for their family.
Lastly, children are always drawn to music. Music can be another good educational motivator. Taking music lessons at a young age is an excellent path to education. The discipline that is developed from learning to play a musical instrument can go a long way with their educational foundation. Some of the benefits include good concentration, learning to read music, developing dexterity with hands, and discipline from all the many hours of practice.
These foundational skills can help parents with the educational process. If a love for music is developed, parents should make sure they provide as much support as possible. In addition, children who are taught how to play the piano at a young age will probably develop overall confidence a lot quicker.
Parents can utilize these activities to assist them with keeping children focusing on their education. The earlier this process is started the more focus the household will become, which can benefit the entire family.