Children who continue their learning outside of the classroom are more likely to succeed academically. 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 interests. The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively he or she will perform at school.
Here are a few tips from Princess Helena College to help ensure your child has all the academic support he or she needs at home:
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 efforts and not just their achievements.
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 the earth you could use a globe to help give your answers.
Talk as a family
Try to encourage a passion for learning by talking 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.
Read & write
Support your child’s literacy skills by regularly reading and writing with them. This could include reading together at bedtime, or asking your child to read a recipe and then write your shopping list.
Make a learning 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.
Finally, parents can help to develop a love of learning by teaching children that learning can happen anywhere. This can be demonstrated by getting outdoors and observing the wildlife in your back garden or at a local park.