Teachers are skilled at making the child gain the basic skills of writing, speaking, reading and acquiring general knowledge. You may ask, isn’t that what they are trained and paid to do? The answer is yes, but the teacher cannot do it all without the support of the parent. You are the child’s first teacher and the child’s academical success heavily relies on your involvement.
There are so many ways that you can contribute to your child’s learning every day. On this article, we will be giving you top strategies on how to go about it.
Table of Contents
- 1.Cultivate an Academic Partnership with Your Child, Teachers and School Staff
- 2.Track the Progress
- 3. Be the Advocate for Your Child
- 4. Keep the Discipline Top Notch
- 5. Take Class Attendance Very Seriously
- 6. Family Visits in Educational Places
- 7. Participate in the School Activities
- 8. Celebrate Progress and Hard Work
1.Cultivate an Academic Partnership with Your Child, Teachers and School Staff
When getting a school for a child, it is definite that you meet the managers and teachers. For some parents, that’s the last time they get to meet the teachers or when they are called for a discipline or parent’s meeting. Instead of distancing yourself, meet your child’s teachers often. Let the teachers know that you are committed to your child’s academic success and that they can contact you anytime there is a problem with the child.
What most parents do not know is that teachers appreciate input from parents. The teacher will use the input to make decisions on how to support the child in their strengths and weaknesses. As we always put it, no one knows your child as good as you do. You can therefore, give an insight that the teacher is not aware of.
2.Track the Progress
For you to know how your child is performing, you have to check their performance periodically if not daily. Review your child’s homework and report card, each time it comes out. If you note that your child is not keeping up, talk to the child and the teacher, to see how to help out. Some schools offer extra help at no cost- but you have to seek the help.
At home, set aside a special place or room to study and establish a regular study time routine. Remove any distractions like tv and encourage other siblings to play away from the study place. Each day, ask your child about assignments and monitor to ensure that they are completed. You do not have to be a subject expert to help with individual homework. All you need is to show concern, provide resources and a quiet environment. If you cannot help the child, you may seek assistance from the school, library or tutoring groups.
When it is time for a test, support your child by providing time and resources for extra practice. Together, focus on enhancing the strengths and improving the areas that the child is weak. Get workbook textbooks that have practice tests, to help the child know the kind of questions to expect. Note that some online practice tests are considered to be exam banks for the teachers, and accessing them is illegal. Know what the school allows and does not allow, to be on the safe side.
3. Be the Advocate for Your Child
If you notice that there is a problem with your child or the school, do not be afraid to talk about it. For instance, if your child reports that another child teased them, it would be so unfair of you not to talk about it with the teacher. It is important for you to know the rights of a child, the rules and regulations of the school. If you would like to meet the administration or the class teacher, approach with a cooperative spirit. Have in mind that the school wants the best for your child.
Before the meeting, plan what you would like to discuss, and let the teacher know your agenda. If on the day of the meeting you do not agree with what the teacher says, do not be angry- remain positive and calm, as you try to reason with the teacher.
4. Keep the Discipline Top Notch
Discipline is an aspect that you have to keep in check even before the child joins school. Let the child know the kind of behavior that you expect, and the consequences of crossing boundaries. In school, it is also crucial for the child to understand the school policies. So, ensure that your child has gone through the student code of conduct and understands what the expectations are. Let it be clear to the child that you support the consequences that they will face if they break the rules.
5. Take Class Attendance Very Seriously
It is crucial for the child to attend school every day since catching up later can be quite stressing. However, it is understandable for a sick child to miss school and stay at home. Beware of a child who uses this as a trick and acts up to be sick, just to be away from school. If your child is spending a significant amount of time at home due to an illness, be sure to check with the teacher on work to be completed. If the child has missed a lot, you can talk to the school and see whether the child can get some extra tuition.
6. Family Visits in Educational Places
Make learning fun by making trips to libraries, museums, zoo, or historical places. It makes learning a family activity and strengthens the home-school studying. The visits encourage a love of history, nature and different cultures. You can also take advantage of the visits to have a meaningful conversation about what they have learned in school. If you have more than one child in school, this will also be a golden opportunity for the children to learn from each other. You may ask the teacher or other parents to suggest low-cost places that you can visit over and over.
7. Participate in the School Activities
Attend the school’s sports events, plays, and award ceremonies, even if your child is not participating. The events are a great time to support the child’s interests and an opportunity to meet their friends, teachers and other parents.
8. Celebrate Progress and Hard Work
Finally, when your child’s efforts are showing, do not fail to acknowledge it- you are the number one fan. When you notice that the child is doing well, the grades have gone up, or you see that they are putting in the effort to do better, celebrate the achievements with big treats. When setting academic goals, you can also promise the child something special if they attain the goal. Be sure to always fulfill your promises.
We will finish off the article with a quote from John Dewey, an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose transformative ideas have been influential in education and social reforms. He said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”