The school is starting to wind down and in a few months students will begin their summer break. Your child may have had a shaky foundation through the school year. Though you may have done all the right stuff and put all the tools in place for success, your child may still be facing academic challenges.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll touch on a few areas for you to focus on that can help your child finish up the year more equipped and with greater confidence. The first one is:
1. Identify the problem Though this may seem simple enough, it may not be as easy to identify the true root of your child’s academic challenges. There may be struggles with motivation that get interpreted as laziness. There may peer issues that lead to feeling pressured all day. Or it may be that your child is truly struggling with comprehension or concentration issues. Do they need glasses? Are they unorganized? There are many reasons that they may not be doing well. Be a Sherlock and find out. Keep watch for things that may indicate a learning issue, peer pressure or physical problem.
A few years ago, my son’s grades plummeted. He kept telling us he was tired and we urged him to get more sleep and work harder. Teachers thought he was just slacking off as well. Later we found out he had mono so he needed tons of rest and it explained why he was not doing well.
So let’s keep digging until we truly come to the reason why our kids are struggling. There may be issues that need our attention and we need to be prepared to unearth the root of the problem so that they can get on top of things and finish well.