Becoming more involved in your child’s education can help to develop a lasting love of learning.
It is really important to show your child that you care about their school life and that you are proud of their achievements. The more supported a child feels at home, the better they will succeed.
Here is some great advice from a private school in New York on how to be more involved in your child’s education…
Stay up to date
Get to know your child’s school, teachers and community and stay up to date with school events. Most schools share news, events and achievements in a weekly newsletter or using social media channels. It can also be helpful to make your own family calendar so that you are well organised for future events.
Support their learning
Encourage your child to talk to you about interesting things they have learnt at school. Find out what subjects they are enjoying and support their learning online or with museum visits. This will show your child just how much you care about their education and provide some quality family time.
Help with homework
Offer to help your child with their homework, or share study time together while you work on a project of your own. When helping with homework, try not to do the work for them, but instead ask them questions until they reach the answer independently.
Read & write together
Support your child’s literacy skills by regularly reading with them. Find out what books they are reading in class and get a copy for your home library. Help your son or daughter to practice their writing skills by incorporating it into fun activities, such as keeping a holiday journal.
If your child shows an interest in science or likes to see how things work, you can help to stimulate your child’s curiosity with some home experiments. These can be set up really easily, using simple items from your kitchen cupboards. Baking soda and vinegar, for example, can create quite an interesting eruption!