Being a parent in today's world is challenging enough, let alone the nightly tug-of-war over homework that many parents experience. Cell phones, video games, texting, and social media are all vying for your child's attention, and many of those distractions seem much more attractive to your children than homework assignments.
We all know that homework, however, is extremely beneficial to your child's educational success. In addition to teaching your child about time management and developing good study habits, homework gives your child another opportunity to master skills by practicing what was covered in class. When students work independently to successfully complete homework assignments, they will learn the value of taking responsibility for their own work.
Athletics plays a huge role in our private school and we feel strongly that sports offer our students a unique bonding experience that builds teamwork, friendships, spirit, confidence, and character. That's why St. Barnabas Episcopal School offers more athletic programs than any other school in Volusia County.
There are so many valuable lessons that are learned through team sports such as fair play, cooperation, sportsmanship, and passion. Pairing these athletic experiences with a rigorous academic curriculum, students are able to work on self-discipline, respect, communication skills, and collaboration--all attributes that will greatly benefit them in their lives..
A hot topic for many parents right now is the decline in the number of athletic programs offered by schools throughout the country. Exposing your children to physical activity at an early age will greatly benefit their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Sports also provide children an opportunity to burn off excess energy so that they will be better focused in the classroom. And, of course, children that participate in athletics at a young age are more likely to have a passion for physical activity throughout life.
Benjamin Johnston is another stellar example of some of the creative students we nurture here at St. Barnabas. He recently released his first ever published book titled “The Adventures of Captain Guinea Pig and the Evil Sorcerer” that he penned himself at the young age of six. The story follows an unlikely super hero, a guinea pig, as he sets out to save the world from an evil sorcerer plotting world destruction. Along the way, Captain Guinea Pig recruits help from a new friend who eventually helps him save the world. Targeted toward children, Benjamin’s masterpiece is one filled with adventure, action, and is many laughs.
Enrolling your child in a private education program at an early age will help to establish a strong foundation for academic performance. In addition, by choosing a private school that offers an early learning experience that spans from Pre-K through eighth grade, the longevity of the relationships that your child will create over the years will help to foster a stable educational environment.
As a parent that has already made the decision to give your child a private education, your goal is to give your child a successful foundation for learning. Here are 8 parenting tips for accomplishing this:
1. Attend school orientation and teacher conferences
These meetings and conferences are a great way for you to stay informed with what your child is learning and how he or she is progressing. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to speak to your child's teachers about strategies to increase performance.