In today’s competitive and rapidly changing world, most parents are fully aware of how equipping their children with a head start can go a long way in paving the road to success. Whether you are in pursuit of academic excellence or for good career prospects, a little preparation during the holidays can give every child that extra boost in performing better as an individual and may even contribute to the surpassing of his or her peers.
Here is our guide for parents on how to best plan for your children’s success when they are still young, and have the memory retention to absorb and learn their study material:
Striking a balance between study and play
During the school holidays, many children will see it as a time to relax and unwind. But too much lazing around without much mental stimulation will do no good to any child’s mind. As a parent, you can use this time as an opportunity to work with your children on the subjects or concepts they often struggle with. These can be easily identified by monitoring their school grades and looking at how they perform on a regular basis in revision worksheets and mock assessment papers. We suggest using the latter to sift out the areas of improvement that could be strengthened with more practice.
You can kickstart the planning by developing a schedule of sorts, just so that your children are well aware of when play time is, and when is the time to get serious. It is important that you do not cave in, but instead, enforce that they stick to the planned study timings.
This bring us to our next point on the importance of consistency.
Cultivating consistency in the learning process
At the start, when your children are young and willing to listen, getting them to act upon your instructions to revise and study for the next term is still manageable. But as they grow older and are more set in their ways of doing things, you will soon find that it is an uphill battle getting them to see eye-to-eye in whether certain study methods will reap better, favourable results.
So why not start by enforcing the completion of routine revision and study tasks when your children are young? When your children are taught to consistently work on their weaker subjects, there will be a greater chance of adopting it as a habit through they adolescent years.
Let us not forget as parents, we too must juggle multiple roles in our workplace and at home. It is impossible to constantly remind your children to manage both study and play timings. By cultivating each individual child’s consistency in studying and making them work out of their own needs rather than yours, you can trust that your child will not be too dependent and reliant on you to develop a sense of discipline when studying for the final examinations.
Encouraging a love for learning
That said, we understand that getting any child interest in learning can be a challenge. Learning is not (and should not) just be about rote memorisation. Rather, it should be cultivated and ignited by the spark of curiosity while at school, at home or anywhere else.
And because we, at School Plus, understand this, Geniebook® Bubbles were conceptualised to include gamification in your child’s learning journey. Bubbles, specifically, can be viewed as credits to motivate and incentivise your children to practice more problem-solving questions. With more Bubbles earned, they will be able to redeem more fun “prizes” at the Bubbly gift store.
It is imperative that we highlight that consistency and discipline is the key to success, and that the reliance of a reward system can only go so far. Rewards in the form of gifts or treats are but a complementary motivation mechanism. As such, it will be good to capitalise on both the available platform and use constant encouragement to push your child towards a greater interest in maximising his learning potential.
The continuing journey after PSLE
By the time your children have completed their primary education, their pursuit towards academic success should not stop there. The secondary curriculum can be thought of an extension of the fundamentals learnt in primary school. And if your children want to enter a junior college, a solid grasp of concepts in their early years is more pertinent to their chances of successfully enrolling into their dream school.
The best gift you can give your children during this period is your support. Help them with their shortcomings and encourage them to improve. Continue to congratulate them on their achievements and motivate them to keep at it, and you will certainly see the fruits of your children’s labour.