There are many different types of people. Some are naturally inclined to enjoy learning and the classroom environment and others are not. There is a middle ground too, where many children sit unsure and may need a little motivation or encouragement. The sooner you commit to supporting your child in their learning the more likely it is you’ll be able to change their minds. Below are some simple tips and measures you can try to widen your child’s world and help them embrace education.
Fill your home with books and reading
Family reading time or taking turns to read with your children can really enlighten their worlds. You can show them just how important and enjoyable reading can be by having a home filled with books, newspapers and even other items such as posters or placements, covered in words. The more you emphasise the power of reading, the more your children will be enthused.
Your child deserves to have their opinion heard but it can be hard in a classroom of thirty! If you naturally encourage them to develop and express their own opinions at home they’ll find it easier in the classroom. It could be as simple as asking them to choose a couple of meals on your weekly meal plan or choosing their extracurriculars.
Even if you have no interest in Doctor Who or horses, show enthusiasm for your child’s interests. If they have a particular interest use it as a learning tool. Ask them to research and find five interesting facts about the history of Doctor Who or see if they can look up three different breeds of horse. Learning about subjects they’re already passionate about really works.
Learn through Play
Children need to learn through play. Once they enter the education system it’s your role as a parent to ensure they are still developing in this way. Aside from break time school days are structured and subject based so non-structured play is your responsibility. Children use this time to reflect and discover their own skills, thoughts and feelings and it helps them become independent and self-assured.
What are you learning NOT what are you scoring
It can be hard as a parent not to compare your child but rather than asking about their grades, their spelling test scores or where they ranked in the latest class assessment ask about what they’re learning. As well as showing interest this also teaches your child a retaining trick for their learning. As they relay back to you what they’ve learned they’re able to digest it once more and it’s more likely to stick.
It doesn’t matter if it’s simply getting one more point on a spelling test or being praised for being well-behaved achievements must be celebrated. If your child feels positively about doing well they are more likely to work towards doing better the next time. There will be disappointments but don’t dwell on them – focus on positives and provide support for problem areas.
Your child, whatever their strengths and weaknesses, needs your support to succeed. They may not be the most school-driven individual but the importance of learning needs to be instilled as early as you can.