We all know that as a parent or guardian, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When you get involved in your child’s school, they will perform better and have positive feelings about school. You are your child’s biggest fan!
There are many ways you can help your child succeed in primary school (or any school). Here are some ideas that we hope will help you rethink how you are supporting your child’ s education journey.
Contribute to your child’s learning at home.
Although children spend a significant amount of time at school, they spend an equally greater amount of time at home. They cannot stay at home and become couch potatoes. Learning does not stop at school. With this in mind, you can:
- Talk with your child and encourage them to read. Talking and listening to your child plays a major role in their success at school. On top of gaining communication and listening skills, having conversations with your child helps him/her develop language skills that help them at school. Children gain the foundation of communication and listening skills at home. Schools build on that foundation. During conversations with your child, you can encourage them to read. The importance of reading cannot be overstated. You must know, however, that reading is key to academic success and lifelong learning.
- Monitor your child’s screen time and usage. Children should not be spending alot of time watching TV, playing video games or using the internet. Here is an article that we think can help you with that.
- Encourage active learning at home. This, in addition to quiet learning is needed by every child. Active learning takes the form of asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. It can also take place in other ways such as playing sports, spending time with friends and visiting places such as museums or historical sites. In order to promote active learning, you should listen to your child’s thoughts and ideas and of course, respond to them. Create a space in which they can share their opinion on different things at home. This will ultimately increase participation at school as there is a boost in confidence.
Get Involved with your child’s school
The best way to do this is knowing the school your child is attending. This means that you should read all information that the school sends home. While enrolling your child, you must have gone through the process of researching a school. Do not forget the key aspects of the school such as important dates and events. If you do, there is always a school calendar that you can ask for. Just remember to keep track of events during a school year.
Another way you can get involved with your child’s school is through joining the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Usually, the PTA meets regularly to talk about the school. These meetings give you a chance to meet and talk to other parents and work towards improving the school. This can also be an opportunity to catch up with your child’s teacher.
Develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and school staff
You should meet your child’s class teacher. As soon as the school year begins, do everything you can to meet and talk with them about your child. Let them know more about your child and make it clear that you want them to contact you if your child experiences any problems.
You should also get to know who is who at your child’s school. There are many people working together to give your child the best educational experience at school. Knowing who is who and who does what can help you if you ever have any questions or concerns–or need some urgent help with anything that may come up.
Get Informed and be an advocate for your child.
This can be in the form of asking questions about your child’s learning or behaviour. Asking teachers these questions can help get advice on how to best support your child. This can also be a way of letting the school know about the concerns you may have about your child’s academic experience. Is he or she having problems with learning, behaving or studying? Is there a problem with another student, teacher or administrator? Always communicate your concerns and be an advocate for your child.
At Beehive School, Excellence is our watchword. We are a co-educational school with a Creche, Nursery and Primary schools located in CBD, Alausa, a serene area of Lagos State providing a conducive atmosphere for learning. Our team is made up of graduates and specialists with vast teaching experience – both Nigerian and British Curricular–and a staunch commitment to adding positively to future generations.
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