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11 Parenting Tips To Support Your Child’s Learning At Home

Parents are the first and most impactful teachers in their children’s life. That is why it is critical for parents to establish and maintain close ties with their children’s education. When parents and families are involved in their child’s education, children tend to excel more and their opinions of education are more positive.

Parents and families must be actively involved in their children’s learning in order for them to succeed. There are numerous scientific studies suggest that what the family does has a greater impact on children’s educational performance than the family’s income level or the parents’ educational level.

Here are 11 parenting tips to help support your child’s school education, at home.

1. Use their homework as a gauge of where they are, academically. If you wish to do some formal extra work with them, don’t set it too far ahead of what they are doing at school. It is very tempting to try to reach farther and farther ahead, but doing this could actually be more detrimental. Sometimes there is a reason their teacher is having them read books that you think are too easy for them – she could be working on deeper understanding of the basic concepts and to present them with more and more difficult work at home could easily lead to confusion.

2. Repeat, repeat and repeat some more – reinforcement is a fantastic learning tool. If they have just learned that 5+5=10, quiz them throughout the day on this at random intervals.

3. Make use of computer-based learning activities and games. Nowadays there are endless tools that can be very useful for learning, many of which are available free online. Print out fun worksheets and coloring in sheets for them to complete. It is advisable to use them to help children in the study of various topics, also this usually motivates them as there are many sites and applications that present the topics in a fun way

4. Invest in some educational materials which are completely different to the ones they are using in school, but at around the same level. New and different books with fresh colors, new characters and slightly different approaches can be just what your child needs to reignite their enthusiasm. It can be tiring and boring going over the same old materials that they are using in school.

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5. Teach him or her to investigate: It is important to encourage independence in children, so in addition to providing explanations and assistance with the topics, it is necessary to teach them that investigating is very useful. For this, you can use tools such as smart phones, tablets, or laptops, and it is advisable to guide them on how to identify reliable sources. Books and magazines on educational topics are also useful.

6. Plan a learning ‘day trip’. Take the kids out on a journey, learning along the way. Plan in advance all of the subjects that can be incorporated into the trip – tap into your ingenuity resources and come up with different, hidden ways to squeeze some maths or geography into a visit to a big park or the beach.

This technique not only teaches them without their realizing it, but uses a system known as ‘eclectic learning’, known to be an extremely effective learning tool. Do remember that absolutely everything children do is a learning experience, so sometimes it simply isn’t necessary to consciously do ‘work’ with your child. They will be learning from watching you make the lunch or get the groceries.

7. Take regular breaks – whatever you are doing with your child, don’t overdo it. Have periods of pure fun with no ‘teaching’ whatsoever. Watch a movie, go ice-skating – leave the work on the shelf for a while.

8. Have a quick run – through of any difficulties just before bed. This means it is fresh in their mind and can let their brain work through the problem in their sleep. Not a full lesson, just a quick reminder of something like “Remember, Honey, 7 + 12 = 19”. It can be amazing how effective this can be in instilling the answer to a particular sticking point.

9. Take it outside – fresh air is just fantastic for clearing the head and keeping brains working efficiently. A change of scene is ideal if things seem a little stale.

10. Have fun – make learning a game wherever possible. It is well known that kids will take in far more when they are having fun and enjoying themselves. Use your imagination to turn a boring topic into an exciting adventure wherever possible. Education does not have to be something exclusively individual. As parents we can intervene in the process and make it more bearable. For example: we can share a board game (such as puzzles or memory cards). We can also do manual activities ., and help our children to develop certain motor skills.

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11. Above all, know when to stop. If your children are sighing or showing signs of boredom, they are becoming fatigued. If you are feeling frustrated or fed up, or have any feelings of resentment towards the task, learning time is finished, trying to force it is just counter productive. It is much more useful to stop now and start again tomorrow.

Organizing your children’s study time is crucial for a proper and fruitful education at home. We hope that, using these tips, you will be able to distribute your work time and your children’s study time and that it will be of benefit and learning for your child as well you as a parent.

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