AD | By taking an interest in school and class work, parents can help their children to make the most of their education and enhance their abilities. It is important to show that you care about your child’s school life and encourage a love of learning at home. The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively she or he will learn at school.
To help your child to get the best out of school here are a few great tips from St Hilda’s School…
- Try to show encouragement towards all types of learning, both at home and school and show appreciation of your child’s achievements to help boost their confidence.
- Develop a love of learning by demonstrating that it can happen anywhere, not just in the classroom. Explain the importance of learning and talk together as a family about what you have learnt every day.
- Try to support your child’s organisation and time management skills to help them prepare for homework or school exams.
- Allow your child to develop at their own pace without feelings of pressure. By putting too much pressure on children you can negatively affect their performance and cause anxiety and stress.
- Try to give your child helpful feedback instead of criticism. This means explaining and demonstrating answers and helping them to think about different ways of doing things.
- Get to know the school, your child’s teachers and what they are learning in class. This will show your child how much you care about their education.
- Learn together in your free time by visiting interesting places and taking part in educational activities and events.
- Encourage your child to ask questions and teach you about interesting things they have learnt, either at school, from a book or from a television programme.
- Support your child’s reading development by regularly reading with them. This could be reading a story at bedtime or asking your child to read a recipe while you cook together.
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