Six Easy Was for a Busy Parent to Get More Involved in Their Kid’s Education
One of the number one complaints from our teachers and educators nowadays is parental involvement, or rather, non involvement? Many parents appear to think that the schoolteachers should teach and take care of their children, manage them when they are there, and that they as parents do not need to be involved or put any effort in the education of their children. I think a little more parental involvement when the children are young goes a long way.
Here are six easy ways to get more involved in your children’s education.
- What Was the Best Thing That Happened to You At School Today?
Get involved in your child’s education by being interested in his/her school day. Ask your child how school was or if anything interesting happened today in an open-ended way. When your child answers, listen. Just asking will not help, you have to listen to what they say and respond to their needs. It is very important to ask every day and to be consistent in asking and listening. When you ask your children about their school day and about their homework, it will signal to them that school is important to you, and therefore should be important to them. It will also send a clear message that you expect them to learn and study.
Each child will respond to your questions very differently. If I ask my Daughter Yashitha about Her school day , tells a lot about her whole day, full of short stories ,interesting things, without prompting.
On the other hand , if the same question is asked to one of my known child, she may not appear to be outspoken , she may tell in few words and close, it requires lot of patience and skill to speak to such kind of children to make them speak
- Check on Homework
Don’t just Not only check, but also assist with the homework and help your child to study for exams. When you check your child’s homework every day, it will ensure that your child does the homework and also that your child knows that studying and doing the homework are important parts of their education. Some days your child might be in a crabby mood or just plain not want to do the homework. Give the child some free time, but insist on the completion of the homework by the end of the night (or the weekend, or some other arbitrary deadline before the assignment due date). Praise them on their hard work and effort and the fruit of their labor.
By checking your child’s homework, you will find out how he is progressing academically, his strength and weakness, and can determine if further action is needed to help him reach his full potential.
- Parent-Teacher meeting and relationship
Almost as easy as the first two ways to get involved is the parent teacher contact. Keep up to date on your child’s progress in school—do not just wait for the teacher to send you information home. Teachers like to hear from parents. The teacher knows that parental involvement is one essential key for student success in school. Teachers do not have the same influence on children as their parents do.
- Set Up Guidelines
You can help set guidelines, milestones and rules for your child with regards to school. Be involved by not letting your child stay up late on school days, and by limiting the amount of time they spend watching TV. Instead, encourage them to read a book, do their homework or study. When you set rules and guidelines for children to follow, make sure that you are a good example of what you preach. Do not turn the TV on after you have encouraged your child to read instead of watching TV. Get a book out yourself, or catch up on paperwork, such as bills. Encourage your child to go to bed at around the same time everyday, even on the weekends. Children thrive on routines. This will help them with getting up around the same time, even on those gloomy Monday mornings!
- Assign Them a Little mother’s Homework When the Teacher Does Not Assign Homework
Since we have moved around the world, and have experienced different educational systems and teaching styles, I have encountered a common issue with many moms that I meet when it comes to homework – the teacher does not assign homework. Although I believe homework is essential for reinforcing what children have learned in class, not all
children will be given homework to practice at home. Some teachers do not think it is necessary.
- Take Every Opportunity
Last, but not least, remember education does not just happen at school. Children are learning all the time, everywhere. It is also not just about facts, language or mathematics, but it is also about learning how to think and make good decisions, and how to behave like a good citizen. Let’s do our best to enhance their education whenever and wherever we can