Children who continue their learning outside of the classroom are more likely to perform well in school. So what can parents do to support their child’s learning at home?
Parents can help to support their child’s home learning in a number of different ways. The best place to start is to have an active engagement with your child’s school life. The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively he or she will perform at school.
Here are a few more tips from Mount House School to help ensure your child has all the academic support he or she needs at home:
Make a work space
Create a special area at home for your child to read, write, draw and craft. This should be somewhere quiet, with adequate desk space and plenty of light. You could also help your child to create a calendar for the wall. This will help to keep track of upcoming school events, homework and exams.
Practice reading & writing
Support your child’s literacy skills by regularly reading and writing with them. This could be reading a story at bedtime or asking your child to read a recipe and then write your shopping list!
When helping with homework, it is important to let your child work out problems alone. Try to be patient and give your child helpful feedback instead of criticism. This means helping your child to think about different ways to achieve their answer.
Get to know the school
Get to know your child’s teachers and try to be a part of the school community. This will not only show your child how much you care about their education, but it will also help you to keep up to date with your child’s progression and school events.
Always encourage your child to ask questions, both at school and at home. Curiosity is one of the best ways to learn new facts. Turn your child’s curiosity into a learning opportunity. For example, if they ask questions about night and day, you could demonstrate the various positions of the sun and moon using a globe.
Keep a positive attitude
Always show encouragement towards learning and keep a positive attitude when discussing school. This is particularly important if your child seems unhappy at school or finds the work hard. It is also important to praise your child’s achievements to help boost their confidence.
Help to develop a love of learning by teaching your children that learning can happen anywhere, not just in the classroom. This can be demonstrated by getting outdoors and observing the wildlife in your garden or at a local park.
Talk as a family
Try to encourage a passion for learning and talk together as a family about what you have learnt each day at work or school. This will motivate your child to listen in class, in order to share interesting facts with you at home.