Menu
Lifestyle

MUMS' TOP 5: Tips if your child is falling behind at school

MY CHILD is falling behind at school - what should I do? Here are 5 tips…

Get involved: Find out which areas your child is struggling in, or where they need improvement and get involved with their studies in this field. If it's maths, get them to discuss their maths homework with you and solve problems together. Be the guiding eye over their work and encourage them to keep practicing even when they feel like it's too hard.

Get them organised: Doing up a homework schedule may work well for your children. If they thrive on routine and patterns, doing up a timetable for them to study could be the organisation they need. Spending X-hours on a certain subject each week will ensure they don't skip over the parts they find hard, which are the areas they need the most practice.

Teach them memory games: Some children won't take to this, but some will absolutely thrive on it - especially the creative ones - and remember things until they're 80. Use flash cards and quirky sayings, acronyms or songs to help your child remember certain phrases or formulas.

Talk to the teacher: If your child is falling behind at school, it is worth talking to their teacher to find out what is happening in the classroom. Maybe they're getting bullied or are the class clown and need to channel their focus more on school work. Or maybe there are certain areas where the teacher notices them withdrawal from class discussions or participation which may give you some guidance into the areas of study that your child needs to focus on.

Emphasise successes: When your child has small wins, make it known to them. Positive reinforcement helps build a positive relationship between your child and that subject and once they know they are not a failure, they'll be more determined to do well in that area. 

Miss last week's episode on work/life balance? WATCH IT HERE

See our week three episode on kids' health and nutrition HERE.

Check out our week two episode on 'smack or no smack' HERE.

And out week one episode on technology HERE.

Topics:  education heymumma heymummaschool parenting



Could the Mooloo Kid be our next Commonwealth Games star?

BREAKING THE RECORDS: Gympie swim sensation Troy Carlson claimed a winning haul of five gold medals and two silver at the recent Pacific School Games in Adelaide last week.

'Awesome Troysome' adds new swag of medals to his collection

Alice's perfect little world

TALENT: Gympie singer-songwriter Alice Benfer has been nominated for a Tamworth Songwriters' Association award for her song Perfect Little World.

Gympie talent nominated for top award

"We'll need a cargo ship to get this lot over there"

Rowena Robertson does her bit to keep Australia Post profitable

Local Partners

Born to run: 10 tips to get running

PERSONAL trainers Brianna and Natalia O’Toole give their tips on how to get started ... or how to get back into running.

This is how long women want sex to last

No matter how good the staying power, we are always left wanting

Everyone is measuring the seconds

Ho, ho, hold back on the number of gifts

SURPLUS SURPRISES: It's easy to lose sight of your financial plan when you're out shopping and you end up coming home with considerably more than your kids need.

Take the pressure off and give presents that are meaningful

Going green leads Jaguar to offer a 'four-pot' sports car

Jaguar has released a cut price version of the F-Type, but it has a lengthy and expensive options list. Picture: Supplied.

Same shape, but F-Type gains a four-cylinder engine.

Exclusive $400,000 Audi R8 has power of 10

Audi has announced the production of an exclusive, limited edition R8 V10 plus Neuburg Edition specifically developed for the Australian market.

Special edition supercars coming Down Under.

The most popular baby names of 2017

Olivia is the most popular name for baby girls this year

Some classic favourites made the list

Kate Upton marries in stunningly lavish Italian ceremony

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander tied the knot in Italy in November.

"It’s extremely romantic and will always be a special place for us"