As a parent, we are of course our child’s first teacher. We all want our children to succeed, experience success at school and to develop as confident learners. A flourishing, international, independent school based in Cambridge advises these 5 things you can do to help your child succeed at school.
1. Develop a partnership with your child’s school and teachers
A strong home-school partnership will help your child succeed as together you can work to support your child in identified areas for development and improvement. Finding out how your child is doing in school and the areas that they need to develop helps you as a parent to support. This is easily done by attending parent consultation evenings, looking at your child’s work and your child’s school reports.
2. Make sure that your child gets homework done
It doesn’t matter what stage of their education your child is, you can support with their homework. If your child is young then it may be that your child will be required to read regularly at home. If your child is in the senior school and is negotiating a more complex agenda of homework tasks, then talking to your child about what they need to do, helping them organise their time and providing a calm and clear working environment in which to complete their homework is highly supportive and will help them develop and succeed as independent learners.
3. Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children
What we say and do in our daily lives can help our children to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives ourselves provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.
4. Encourage active learning and participation in out of school clubs
Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and the library. So nurturing your child’s talents and interests and encouraging them to try new activities will contribute to your child’s overall success and experience of success in school.
5. Talk with your child.
Talking and listening plays a significant role in how children succeed in school. It is through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well. Children who haven’t learned to listen carefully often have trouble following directions and paying attention in class and this will of course contribute to how successful a child is at school. It is also vital for you to show your child that you are interested in what he or she has to say.
We hope that these 5 ways will help you support your child succeed at school.