Thursday, 17 December 2020

How to Be More Involved in Your Child’s Education

 There are so many different layers involved in being a parent. 

Not only do you have to put a roof over their head, make sure they are well-fed and grow up with good manners, but you also have to support them with their education. 


Research has found that when parents are more involved in their child’s academic endeavours, the child is more likely to succeed. This is probably because it gives them the motivation they need to try their best and overcome any challenges. 

I have teamed up with a private college in London to explore some ways that you can become more involved with your child’s education.

 

Be sure to attend any events at the school, including plays, sports day and Parents’ Evening. This will show your child that you are genuinely interested in both their personal and academic achievements. In fact, it’s wise to keep in touch with your child’s teachers throughout the year, not just at Parents’ Evening, so that you can monitor their progress and deal with any issues as they arrive. 


The teachers will also be able to tell you about the curriculum and what might be coming up in some of the lessons, which will help you come up with some ways to help your child at home. 

 

Provide your child with a study space at home where they can complete their homework. By giving up a place in the house just for studies, you will show your child how important you think their schoolwork is, which will likely sway their own attitude to learning. 

The study space should be quiet, well-lit, and free from distractions. It should also be stocked with relevant stationery and books. 

 

Try and find time each evening to have a quick catchup with your child about their day at school. Mix up the questions and make sure they are open-ended, to encourage your child to give you more than a one-word answer. 


For example, if you ask, “Did you have Science today?” they can simply say yes or no, but if you ask “What did you learn about in Science today?” they will have to go into more detail with their answer, prompting follow-up questions. 


Use positive terminology when talking about school and praise your child when you see them working hard, to encourage repeat behaviour. 



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