Everyone knows that there are some things that everyone, especially children, need to succeed in any situation. Sufficient sleep, 3 square meals a day and a supportive environment are all known to be essential for optimal performance, whether it be in the workplace, on the sporting field or in the classroom. What more can you do when your kid is sleeping and eating well, home is happy and school is supportive but your child is still not succeeding? Here are 3 ways you can help your child to succeed at school (and learn some important skills for life after school).
#1: Emphasise the importance of reading
Reading is a vital life skill and your child needs to know that you value reading.
- Encourage your child to read every day (no matter what they read).
- Show your child that you read daily too.
- Talk about the reading that you do and ask them about their reading.
#2: Insist that Homework happens
Some parents are nervous about helping with homework. Students should be able to do homework independently. Homework is an opportunity for students to review the new information and skills they have learned in class.
- If your child does not have homework, insist that they read any notes they made during lessons that day.
- Set a time for homework and do something quiet that keeps you nearby so that you can offer support if necessary.
- If you are unable to be there when homework is happening, ask to see it when it is done.
#3: Keep in touch
Teachers are always happy to talk to involved parents who want to support their child’s education. Regular notes, phone calls and emails are a great way to keep in touch with your child’s teachers.
- Contact your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns about school or homework.
- Ask teachers for information regarding homework tasks and assignments.
- Specifically ask your child for notes and newsletters from school. Most schools offer an e-newsletter option that delivers general school correspondence right to your inbox – all you will need to do is provide a valid email address.
- Read your child’s student diary and reinforce the importance of taking it to every lesson and bringing it home everyday.
All parents want their child to succeed and most of them will do everything in their power to help. Sometimes it can be very discouraging to see your child struggling and even worse when you don’t know what is wrong. If these things aren’t working, contact with the school is the best course of action as this can allow for additional support procedures to be implemented.
QUESTIONS: PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT
What tips do you give parents for supporting their child’s learning at home?
How do you share this information with parents?
Do you share this type of information at all?
What do you do to support your child’s education?
Do you do something I haven’t mentioned?
What information would you like to receive from your child’s teacher/s?
What did your parents do to support your education?
What would you have liked them to do?
NOTE: 3 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School was first written for MSHS’s newsletter (for a parent audience) and published in 2012 as an insert page. This article has been edited for purposes of publishing on Mel the Literacy Coach (blog). Teachers and School Administrators are welcome to use excerpts of this article for publication in their own school and classroom newsletters as long as the author (Melissa Hughes) and this blog (www.litcoachblog.wordpress.com) is acknowledged.