All parents want their children to do well in school, but not everyone knows how they can help. The truth is, there are actually lots of things you can do to help your child with their education, even if you’re not a maths genius or a science whizz.
Simply being curious about their school work is a great place to start, because it lets your child know how valuable it is.
Here are some more tips from an independent college in London.
Be sure to praise your child whenever they do well on a piece of work as this will encourage them to keep up the enthusiasm.
However, don’t always focus on grades because it’s the effort that’s more important. Remind your child every now and again how proud you are of them for trying hard. You could even consider taking them out for a treat after you’ve seen them put in a lot of effort on a project or some revision.
I always make a point of making sure that my children know that it doesn’t matter if they get questions wrong at school, as long as they’ve tried their best. This keeps the focus on the process of learning, rather than making it all about the end result.
Make sure your child has a quiet and organised space in your home to do their homework.
There shouldn’t be any distractions, like the TV, and all their stationery and other school supplies should be in reach so that they don’t have to waste time looking for a ruler or a particular book. It’s also wise to ensure you’re not too far away during homework sessions because then your child can ask you questions if they get stuck.
Try and set a good example for your child when it comes to working hard and putting in the effort.
When they’re doing their homework, you could use it as a good opportunity to work on your emails. You are your child’s first teacher, so always think about how to be a good role model and display the behaviour you expect them to display.
The same goes for things like reading. If you want your child to read more, then let them see you read more at home too. Read together with them, and let them know that you read for pleasure by yourself too.
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