Skills every child needs to succeed at school
When you become a school parent, you realise very quickly just how different every child is. Some children start school and they can read basic books and know how to count to 100. Some kids start school and they can write their own name, but numbers always confuse them. While other kids have spent the first five or so years just being a child and enjoying life, learning life skills like riding a bike rather than academic skills. So how do you know what skills does every child needs to succeed at school?
Statistically, by the time the children are around 8 years old, a major development age for children, most kids have either caught up or slowed down in their learning, and 80% of the class sit in the middle. There will always be the top 10% who excel and the bottom 10% who require extra assistance.
Regardless of where your child sits academically, there are some essential skills each child needs to succeed at school. Succeeding at school is not only from an academic point of view but also includes: socially, emotionally and learning life skills.
The list of essential skills can be expanded, but here are 5 essential skills every child needs to learn at school:
- Concentration. This essential skill will stay with you for your entire life and can be difficult to learn. When the brain is immature, so too is the ability to stay focused for long periods of time. Like any skill in life, practising is the only way improve concentration. Schools work on this skill every day and it is important to support schools by practising at home too. Start small and with no distractions.
- Time management. If you are just starting out at school, time management might seem too far away to worry about. However, teaching children the essential ability of managing their time, makes for a happier household as they move into the older years at school. Knowing how to prioritise tasks, determining how long each task will take to complete, helps keep stress levels low.
- Resilience. Unfortunately life can be cruel and things don’t always turn out the way we expect them to. Teaching a children how to handle disappointment, turn a negative into a positive and the essential skill of defending themselves, builds resilience and makes school life more enjoyable.
- The art of conversation. This essential skill every child needs to succeed at school is very challenging and for some people a difficult one to master, even as adults. Children need to learn from a young age how to make small talk, to read people’s body language and to really listen to what is being said. With technology taking over many lives, the art of conversation is dying and is an essential life skill that needs to be learnt early on in life.
- Manners. This skill has never gone out of fashion and hopefully never will. A simple please and thank you is a fantastic place to start. The smart people in life (and again I’m not talking academically) understand that you are more likely to get what you want when you use your manners.
Do you have any other essential skills a child needs to succeed in school?
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