Education isn’t something that is left for schools and educational institutions to handle. There is often a misconception that academic learning is something that should be handled only during school hours or by teachers and as a result, most parents refrain from getting involved with their child’s academic affairs.
It is crucial for parents to understand that the child needs an all-around support system both at home and school. Parents play the most important role in a child’s education, performance, and abilities. More than students being educated academically, parents need extensive training on how to do their part by handling and encouraging learning at home and how they could offer their support.
A few educational institutions have always insisted on parent involvement but a simple act of getting all the parents under the same roof has always been a task. But if you are here reading this article you are one step ahead of the other parents, consciously making an effort to be a better part of your child’s education.
1. Identify Their Learning Ability
Parents, get this right. Academic excellence doesn’t necessarily mean good grades and top ranks. Education is about the learning process and not the end results. Therefore, if your kid isn’t a top performer, do not penalize him or her for being so. Instead, take a few minutes to evaluate their learning difficulties, and develop ways to put an end to it and improve their ability to learn. Performance can be dealt with at a later stage. Embrace your child’s individualism; understand the kind of learning he responds to. Have a discussion with his teacher as they are the experts in identifying the students learning abilities and the methods they are inclined to.
2. Establish a Routine
Discipline is the key to organized and effective living. We are creatures of habit and in order to incorporate routine into your child’s life. Establish a set routine and create a schedule with time for learning and time for play. Weekday and weekend schedules will be different. Doing this will create a pattern. Also, avoid changing plans as much as possible. This gives your child the ability to prioritize based on the importance of the task at hand while also avoid the unnecessary morning hassle of missing school.
3. Encourage Leisure Reading
For a child, spending time with books other than just their school textbooks has its own perks. This is a great tactic as children should not associate books with school but instead with learning. Learning should be made pleasurable and this can only be done with the assistance of parents. Children tend to imitate an adults behavior and there is nothing like setting a good example that leisure reading is a necessary part of life. Ask your child to read novels, short stories, picture books, whatever. It is also better than playing with a computer or phone all night.
4. Be Present
For all those plays, get-together, sports events, PTA meetings, and competitions, be present. This is the best way to show your kids that you are interested in their activities and willingly playing an active role in their academic life. Most parents are prone to disappointment when their kids don’t finish at top of the line. This is the opportunity the parent has to teach the child that winning is the least important factor of an event and emphasis on the fact that they had participated and gave it their best shot. This doesn’t necessarily mean the child should be coddled at all times, but be open at giving them feedback in order to allow them to perform better.
5. The Exam Fever
Exam time is when your child puts all that they had learned to use and what they really need at this point is your full support. Cut off all distractions and celebrations that are nearing and make your home a safe place to learn. Peace and quiet create the best learning atmosphere. Unfortunately, parents often confuse support with pressure and end up stressing the child out instead of helping. Keep calm and help them stay calm as well.
6. Don’t Forget to Ask
Your child may need help in something and it is up to you to find out. However, don’t just pounce on them with your ideas and start imposing your views. If you see them struggling with a project or an assignment, always ask if they are in need of your assistance. When you do so, they are more open and receptive to your ideas and your help is welcomed. You can guide them and assist with the difficult aspects of subjects.
7. Set An example
Children often mimic their parents so it is ideal for you as a parent to be a role model. In your pursuit to support your child in his studies, you need to be consistent. Slacking from your end would only mean that you are alright with the fact that your child is slacking and is inconsistent in his studies as well. Therefore, portray consistency, following of routine and be disciplined and you would see that your child will imitate the same behavior of consistency, routine and discipline in his studies as well.
8. Build a Rapport
Having a good rapport with your child as well as their teacher is especially important. It is good to let your child know that you have a positive and open relationship with their educator. Be sure to attend parent-teacher meetings so you can learn more. This removes the gap between the two most important individuals in your child’s academic life. The teachers let you know how your child is doing in class, and also about their behavior so you can take further action if necessary.
9. After-School Ritual
In homes that have working parents, the child is often left to fend for themselves after school hours. We know that you are busy with work, news, and other activities, but every parent should take time out of the day to help their child.
In order to have your child feel heard and cared for, make sure you have a minute discussion of their day. Talk about their accomplishments, mistakes and lessons learned for the day. A simple “what did you learn in school today?” shows that you care about their academics and also tests their attentiveness in class.
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Childhood is the most important phase and what happens in childhood will ripple on for the rest of their life. It’s time to take a serious interest in it.
Supporting your child in studies isn’t something that happens overnight. It is not magic, but rather a gradual progression that takes place and the key to successful support is consistency. Keep the interest going over a period of time and you will notice a major difference in your child’s behavior.
One great tactic is to use supplementary tools such as practice papers and mock tests to help your child conquer difficult subjects and master average ones.
It’s never too late to start supporting your child, so do it now!