Your children’s education is important, whether they appreciate the fact or not! As the parent, you can help your children flourish at school, helping them along the way as they progress throughout their academic journey.
So, what can you do?
Begin at an early age
For starters, you can get your child’s education off to a good start before they actually begin school. By following the advice in the link, you will give them a fighting chance before the rigours of school begin. There are all kinds of educational resources online for preschoolers, so find something appropriate for your child. By teaching them basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, as well as how to play well with others, you are setting them up nicely before they reach school age.
Speak to the teacher
When your child is already in school, you should speak to their class teachers and ask for a copy of the curriculum. Their teacher will be only too glad to help, as any assistance you can give will make your their job a lot easier. By knowing what your child is studying, you can continue their learning at home, though ensure you find ways to make learning fun so they don’t feel as if they are back at school again. Stay in touch with the teacher regularly, and if there are any issues you need to be aware of, you can get on top of them quickly before they become too much of a problem.
Consider after-school activities
There are all kinds of after-school activities that can complement your child’s learning. Your local leisure centre may have what you are looking for to help your child with sports, with such things as this swim squad training program that will help your child gain confidence in the skills needed. Other clubs, such as Beaver and Cub groups, are also invaluable ways to help your child learn new skills in a fun environment. Aside from the academic aspects of these groups, there are also the skills associated with social interaction that will assist your child when at school. And, of course, there are all the clubs your child’s school will run. Pick and choose according to your child’s interests.
Keep your kids in school
Not only will you come under legal fire if your child falls behind with their attendance, but their education will suffer too. The occasional sick day is fine, provided your child actually is unwell, but you should be mindful of any excuses your child comes up when they don’t want to attend school for the day, be they faux illnesses or something else. If your child is often making excuses, there may be issues you need to get on top of, such as problems around bullying, academic worries, or even problems surrounding the class teacher. Talk to your child and investigate further. And, of course, don’t book your vacations during term time. As we said, you will get into trouble from the local authority, so wait until school holidays before you go away.
Getting through school isn’t easy, as you probably know yourself. Still, you can make your child’s life easier by following these simple tips. Let us know if you have any further ideas of your own, through your experience as a parent (or a teacher). Thanks for reading!
*This is a collaborative post.