Parents have a major influence on their child’s educational success. It is the teachers that provide daily instruction and educate them on subjects they’ll need throughout life. Yet, studies have shown that since parents are the child’s first teacher, it is often their actions that start a foundation for how well a child can do in school. That’s why it is imperative for parents to actively support their child’s education both in the home and in school.
Get Familiar with School Staff
Schools encourage families to be fully involved in their children’s educational experience. You can start supporting your child by making yourself known to not just your child’s teachers, but the other staff present in the school throughout the day. This lets them know that you’re interested in helping out and open to communication. Throughout the school year, should your child start struggling or heading in the wrong direction, the staff is more inclined to speak to you on it because they know you and realize you care.
Help with Homework and Projects
Though most of the learning is done in the classrooms, teachers provide homework and school projects as a means of reiterating the lesson and ensuring the child fully comprehends. So, when your children come home with homework assignments or a large project, helping them get these things done enhances their learning experience.
Perhaps your child has a history project where they’re working on family trees. You can show them resources like the US Census records to learn more about their ancestry. If your son has math homework, you could help him with difficult problems. Even if your children are older and don’t require much homework assistance, you should still be checking regularly to make sure it is completed so they don’t fall behind academically.
Get Assistance When Necessary
When your child or their teachers start to talk about issues in the classroom (or you notice a decline in grades), you can best support your child academically by getting them extra help. Find out what the core problem is and then ask the school if there are any special services, websites, or other resources you could use to help support your child at home. If that’s not enough, consider getting a tutor for your child so you can correct the problem before they get deeper into their educational studies.
Show a Positive Attitude About Education
To keep your children motivated to attend and succeed in school on a regular basis it is important to show a positive attitude at home. Children need to see that you too value education and that you use it in your daily lives. Show interest in what they’re doing and learning in school and find ways to make learning fun in the home. From using mathematics in cooking to budgeting and financial health, there are a lot of ways you can encourage them to be the best learners they can.
Monitor Screen Time
Though there are a lot of technologies geared towards enhancing the education of children, too much screen time isn’t good for your children. The more time they spend watching television, browsing the internet, or playing video games, the less time they’re focused on their homework and the amazing world around them. Monitor how much screen time they have after school and also keep an eye on the types of things they’re accessing to ensure it enriches and doesn’t endanger their lives.
Every parent wants their children to grow up and be something great. They also know that this is often made possible with a solid educational background. To ensure that your children get the best educational experience possible, it is imperative for families to start supporting them at home and in school. The more parents work with teachers to educate their children, the more successful they are likely to be.
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