School is the most important framework in a child’s life in which he will learn a lot and develop as a person. Even so, your child’s first teachers are you, the parents. It has been shown that parents who are more involved in the child’s school and studies, raise children who are more successful in school and have proven that children who are successful in school are happier children. Your involvement in the child’s learning will help him to be more successful in school and to be happier, regardless of your socio-economic status or your level of education.
So as you have already understood, in order for the child to be successful and thanks to that, be happier, you need to help him in school and be involved in it. But how do you do that? How can one be positively involved in a child’s learning? In the next article, we will present 8 ways to do just that.
School – contact with the teacher
Once the school year begins, try to find a way to meet your child’s teacher. Tell the teacher that you want to help the child learn. Make it clear that you want the teacher to contact you if any problems develop with the child and give her your personal number. Your child’s teacher can offer some great tips on how you can help your child learn at home.
Many parents feel that school should not be their playground and they should take spot care only in case problems arise with your child. This is not true, although you will embarrass your child a little but at a young age they are not yet embarrassed by you and the relationship with the teacher is very important to be with the child on the pulse in everything related to the child’s education.
School – Understand who is in each role
The school has a lot of staff – principal, deputy, educator, professional teachers and more. To help, you need to understand who is playing what role. You do not have to be in contact with them as with the educating teacher but you do have to know them by name and face. That way, you’ll know exactly who to talk to when needed. Remember that your goal is simply to have your hand on the pulse and intervene when needed.
School – Parents’ Day
The most important and basic part of your involvement is arriving at Parents’ Day. Make every effort to reach both of you and not just one of you to show everyone’s involvement and not one-sided. On Parents’ Day you will hear about the child’s behavior at school, the successes and failures, the things he does right and also the things he does wrong.
In addition, if you think it is necessary, you can definitely ask to meet with the teacher for more soup on Parents’ Day. Contact her and set a day and time that is convenient for everyone. This session can be with and without the child.
School – Find out what’s going on at school
As part of your conversations with the teacher, you need to find out what is going on with the child at school and not just on the academic side. A very important part of a child’s success and also in his happiness is the acceptance of his classmates. If the child is unable to connect with other children it may affect him and if he experiences bullying, it is something that should be discovered immediately and treated together with the teacher.
School – Check if the child needs and is entitled to relief
Some children have a little more difficulty learning than others and therefore, it is very important to check if your child needs a little more professional help than you can provide him. It is possible that the child has a learning disability and although parents do not want to think about it, then it is something that exists and there is no reason to be ashamed of it. If you think it is necessary, take the child for a diagnosis to see if there is any way to help him. If necessary, the school provides these and other facilities.
School – Help the child with homework
So far, we’ve talked about how you can be involved behind the scenes. Now, you enter the center of the stage. The main way you can help your child with their studies is by helping them with their homework. Make sure the child has a specific place where he or she does homework and will not do so elsewhere each day. It could be on a table in his room or on the table in the dining area. Thus, it will put him in a certain routine. In addition, try not to have distractions like TV, telephone or anything else in this area.
Sit down with the child about homework and explain the subject to him in case he does not understand or has difficulty. If you do not understand the subject, learn it yourself along with the child. This is an excellent formative activity. Part of the help is also to provide him with the right environment and the right materials to complete homework effectively. Just note that you are not giving him the answers but helping him pave the way to them.
School – learning for exams
This is a direct appendix for homework help. The tests are a very important part of the child’s learning and it is very important that he does his best to achieve as high a score as possible. To help him, sit down with him to rehearse for the test. Ask him questions and try to do it in an interesting way so that he does not get completely bored. Do this in each test, go through the material with him and help him practice on topics that require practice.
School – private tutor
The child may need more help than you can give him. Maybe you just do not understand the subject and need someone more skilled or you just need someone to come and sit with him on the studies in a slightly more serious way than you can provide him. Therefore, you need a private tutor to help the child.
Involvement in school is important for the child so you need to find the time to be involved. Your involvement can be behind the scenes through conversations with the teacher and attending parent days to active and frontal involvement such as helping with homework and learning for exams. You have to do everything you can to help a child succeed in school because as we said, a child who succeeds in school is a happier child.