Being involved in your child’s education will drastically improve their performance, because it will encourage and motivate them to succeed. I have teamed up with a private school in London to offer parents the following advice on how to become more involved in their child’s education.
When chatting to your child at the end of the school day, be sure to ask them lots of open-ended questions about what they have learnt during their lessons. In doing so, you will show you’re interested in them and what they have been up to during the day. You’ll also allow them solidify what they have learnt, meaning they’ll be far more likely to retain the information going forward. It’s important to encourage the effort your child puts into their schoolwork, rather than focussing on the results, which you can do by discussing the lessons as a whole rather than the grade at the end of it.
During homework sessions, make sure your child knows that you are readily available to them should they require any assistance. It’s difficult for children to focus if they are alone and know that other people are having fun in another room, so you’ll actually help them concentrate if you sit with them and answer any questions they have. Homework can become quite the bonding experience for many families.
Try to make learning a group activity that the whole family can enjoy together. You could play some educational games or go on an exploration where you learn about different aspects of nature. If your child sees how much fun you’re having whilst discovering new information, they too will become keen to learn.
You can demonstrate your interest in your child’s education in other ways, such as visiting the classroom, chatting to the teachers regularly about your child’s progress and even chatting with the other parents. These types of activities will help show your child that you are involved in their education and let them know that it’s important to you.