As parents, we tend to “outsource” our children’s education to school teachers and tutors. It is important to remember that parents play a central role in their children’s education. How well you play that role can often determine, in part, how well your child does in the classroom as well as outside of class.
Taking an active role during your child’s schooling years is important so that he/she can succeed to the best of his/her abilities in the classroom. Here are some things you can do:
1. Provide a Conducive Study Environment
This is the most basic task. Apart from assigning a quiet and safe place for your child to study, you also need to provide the necessary study items such as paper, pencils, and a desk. Make sure younger siblings leave him/her alone while he/she does her homework. Check on him/her to see if he/she needs anything while studying.
2. Encourage Them to Explore Non-Academic Interests
Do everything you can to support your child’s interests outside of school. For instance, if your child is interested in sports or drama, your support of that interest can help him/her focus better in the classroom. Kids need an outlet for their creativity and energy outside of class, and being happy outside can help them to do well academically. They also learn necessary social and psychological skills that can help them in class, such as learning to work with others.
3. Communicate Regularly with Teachers
Stay in touch with your child’s teachers. Make an effort to attend the Meet-the-Parents session. Be proactive – email or call the teacher from time to time to ensure that your child is getting all the support he/she needs to succeed in the classroom. You may be made aware of an academic or behavioural problem that needs attention, and together with the teacher, both of you can work together to resolve the problem.
4. It’s okay to Ask Questions
Let your child know that it is perfectly fine to ask for help when he/she encounters difficulties with her studies. Let your child know that there is nothing to be shameful about in requesting assistance from a tutor, the teacher, or Mum and Dad. It takes a smart person to know when help is needed.
5. Set a Good Example
Demonstrate a desire for life-long learning yourself. Read books or articles on how to do your job better, or about a new hobby. Go for training and classes in your community. When your child sees that you are learning for further improvement, he/she will be inspired to discover new topics too.
Parents are integral players in their children’s education, so step forward to be your child’s best academic advocate.
Republished with permission from OpenSchoolbag, an online education marketplace for educational resources ranging from assessment books, learning toys and enrichment courses for kids aged two to 12.