Tips To Help 8-9 Year Olds Establish Consistent Learning Habits
Developing correct learning habits at home is a very important part of doing well in school. Creating a conducive study environment and supporting the child in his/her efforts, results in a happy and therefore successful learning time. This could be done not only by explaining challenging concepts but also providing reinforcement through subject specific worksheets like math worksheets, grammar worksheets or even comprehension worksheets
A child’s learning journey becomes truly fruitful by following the LAR approach (Learn Apply Resolve) that enables them to develop critical skills. First, the children “Learn” skills, then “Apply” them in real life and finally parents step in to help “Resolve” common doubts and roadblocks with the help of insightful tips and techniques. At Hp PLC we follow this LAR approach and have created a bank of teaching learning content that is not only age appropriate but created by experts in the field.
Worksheets for 8 year and 9 year olds. In the age group of 8 to 9 years, children are exposed to diverse topics of study. They can perform well in them by solving worksheets specially meant for 8 and 9 year olds. Whether it is comprehension worksheets for 8 year olds, maths worksheets for 8 year olds or grammar worksheets for 9 year olds, the 8-9 year old can face the challenge when his/her study habits are in the right place. Worksheets will help them gain not only conceptual clarity which is important at this age but also provide the necessary reinforcement of the concept via practice.
Worksheets for 8 and 9 year olds that have been created at HP PLC are a wonderful way of revisiting and revising school lessons. These printable worksheets enable children to build their foundational skills in math, literacy, science as well as social skills.
Though children achieve a fair amount of independence at this stage, family encouragement and some amount of adjustment from family members goes a long way in enabling children to learn well. Things to keep in mind are:
1. No T.V. during study time – Ensure that the television is not running in the vicinity of where the child is studying. It will prevent the child from getting distracted and losing focus.
2. Mobile phone usage? – This is again a ‘no-no’, during study time. However, exceptions can be made if the child is working on a project or assignment that requires him/her to research and access information from the Internet or reach out to a classmate for help with school work. Research evidence suggests that providing children with paper pencil tasks such as worksheets ensures long term retention of knowledge. Therefore, once children are equipped with the knowledge and have the necessary understanding, parents can help by providing comprehension worksheets, math worksheets, grammar worksheets to ensure retention.
3. Musical devices/radio playing? – Allowing the child to listen to music while studying depends on how the child responds to auditory stimuli. While some children may get too immersed in the music and lose interest in their study, others may in fact respond positively and be able to learn better with soothing music playing in the background.
4. Designated time for study – When a proper study schedule is set for children, it creates regularity and a good study ethic. Proper time usage results in a good study – play – leisure balance.
5. Designated place for study – It is essential that children have their study space marked out. If the child has a room to himself/herself, ensure that it is equipped with a desk that is large enough for the child to spread out books, stationery and other materials comfortably. If the room is shared with siblings, different timings for using it can be allotted to them. In smaller houses, the dining table can also be made available to the child for doing homework/ studying. Family members may have to adjust, but doing so will be truly worthwhile in the long run.
6. Stimulating study environment – A white board/ bulletin board can be set up above the desk, where there is one. Otherwise, the same can be put up in a little space available in a passage or another part of the house, or even behind a room door. As an alternative, bring home a sturdy easel to hold the board. This allows the child to practice on a larger canvas, jot down points while learning, practice presentations etc. Interesting stationery also acts a motivator for the child to study.
7. A healthy routine – Regular set timings can help reinforce the need to study every day and brings the much needed discipline which is important in building any habit over time. PLC weekly worksheets provide that regularity for the child. Each week the child can do1 interesting subject and cover 20 worksheets in that subject be it games/puzzles/general awareness/ science etc. Not only study timings, but the child’s daily routine should also be consistent and well planned. A well-rested child is able to concentrate well and pick up the things taught better. When there is order to the day, time is used optimally.
8. Parental involvement – Parents must show interest and encourage their child to do his/her best. However, there should be no pressure put on the child. When parents believe in their child’s ability, it becomes his/her driving force.
9. Study at home should be made interesting - Children sometimes face difficulties incertain learning areas. Providing these 8 and 9 year olds with math worksheets, grammar worksheets, language and comprehension worksheets in the necessary learning areas will go a long way in helping 8 - 9 year olds do well in their studies.