Every parent wants to know how they can help their child get the most out of their education. Your role is more than just helping out with homework, though. If you want to find ways that will help you and your child with their learning, then you’re in the right place. Here’s how you can assist in your child’s education.
Read every day
Read with your child every day. Set aside the time to really explore a story with them, and give them the chance to ask questions. This helps set them up for regular reading in school, and helps them see it as a pleasurable activity.
Look for learning opportunities every day
Your child’s education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Look for opportunities to learn and reinforce their skills every day. For example, let them count out the money for a purchase, or read the signs in the supermarket.
Be aware of what’s happening in class
Your child’s teacher will be communicating to parents what they’re doing in the classroom. Pay attention to what’s going on. You can then reinforce the lessons the children are getting at home.
Don’t always look for A grades
We’re taught that an A grade is the best result from learning. However, that’s not the case for every child. Instead of focusing on grades, look for improvement. If they can handle a mathematical concept that they couldn’t last week, then that’s something to be celebrated.
Keep in touch with the teacher
Your child’s teacher will want to schedule conferences with you, so take advantage of this. Really pay attention to what they say, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Look for ways you can both help your child in their education.
Allow your child to work it out on their own
It’s tempting to hover over your child, and sweep in and help when it all goes wrong. However, your child won’t benefit from this. Teach them that you’re here to help, but you trust them to have a go at it on their own. They’ll learn to be independent, but also that you’ll be there if you need them.
Practice discipline and respect
Many parents expect discipline to be taught in schools, but in actual fact the message sinks in better when taught in the home. Teach your child to respect their elders when appropriate, and they’ll get much more out of their schooling.
Take care of the basics
Make sure your child is getting enough to eat and sleep. It’s simple, but without the basics they’ll find it harder to learn.
There are plenty of tools online, and you should make full use of them (where appropriate) with your child. Here’s a few you can try:
- Canva: This tool is free to use, and helps your child put together all kinds of visual projects. Try presentations, leaflets, and posters, just to get started.
- Notability: This note taking app is highly useful when your child wants to take notes on their learning. Using the app means your notes are always in reach.
- Weebly/Wordpress/Tumblr etc: If your child has an interest in writing, let them express it through a blog which they can take ownership of.
There is plenty you can do to help your child learn. Follow these tips, and you’ll both get the most out of learning. Show your child that learning is fun!
Guest post provided with thanks by Jennifer Scott