Mathematics, Science, English, and History – to your child, it may all be boring. They may go to school solely to socialize, or at worst, they may not be going to school in the first place.
At best, in some cases, they do the work, but fail to find any need for the information they are taking in.
A good decade or so ago, I remember that was a lot like my high school days. My main view of school was to socialize. It wasn’t about learning to me. It’s just something you have to do.
Ten years later, here I am putting everything I’ve learned to use in my daily work. At one point, the thought of learning about physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, history and social studies was pointless. Now, I use, and think about those thinks daily; hour on the hour even.
I failed to reason how those subjects I learned in school, would be used after school, in fact, I may have even took the stance that it would never affect my life again.
But parents, this is where you come in.
Mark my words, from the mouth of a young man who’s been there, as hard-headed as a high-schooler could be, there is no way you’ll be able to sit him or her down and just plain reason it out with them. They’ll either, 1. Be too stubborn to accept it, or 2. Just few what you’re saying as just another lecture.
One thing that helped me was, my mother would take the time to try to show me.
Parents-you have to show them.
What does your child like? If it’s a boy, does he like sports? How about science fiction? Maybe he’s creative and loves music.
If it’s a girl, it’s possible she may enjoy, fashion, reading, pop-culture, and music.
Likely, if you take a look at all of those afore mentioned interests, you can see that each one of those interests rely heavily on things you learn in school.
All sports involve math and physics, pop-culture can be, loosely, fit into social studies and music involves English, Language Arts and Mathematics.
Make a list of the things you observe your child interested in. Try to connect all the subjects involved with those particular interests. Then think of creative ways to have him or her exercise those interests, while discussing something with you.
I used to like to tally statistics and see just how good my favorite players actually were. When the time came for a project, then I was ready to attack it.
As the parent, be proactive. Discreetly stay in touch with the child’s school activity. I say ‘discreetly’ because there is nothing worse than not being able to get rid of your parent In front of all your friends for a teen. Be involved, but out of the way.
When your child has a project, you’ll be ready. You can suggest a subject that you guys have already discussed. The child will likely receive high grades because they will be, to a degree, passionate about what they are doing, and eager to express themselves.
Helping your child get through the school year is a task for you, too. But if you do your homework, you can ensure your child gets the best out of his or her education.