The Teacher’s Guide to Supporting your Child’s Education

While it is teachers that are seen to have the only responsibility for educating children, if parents do their part at home, then this can further support children in their learning and development as a whole.  

Support 

Family members are important role models and valuable support systems to children. Education can be hard and the parent should be there to offer support when needed. This means being warm, loving, and understanding that it is not possible to be good at everything- everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and children should be made to feel comfortable enough to seek help and overcome barriers.  

Learning Space 

When completing homework, it is important that children have a quiet space where they can focus their minds and concentrate on the given task. Therefore, children should not be expected to be productive if they are sat amongst many distractions. This space should also be somewhere practical, preferably with a desk and a chair, you could even koop dit als verjaardagscadeau voor 11-jarige jongens as a way to get them excited about their new learning space. Having this sort of environment to work in, is especially effective when studying as it mimics the classroom and research has shown this helps with memory,  

Show interest 

Parents should show a genuine interest in their child’s education and ensure they are up to date- what has the child been learning about? What are they finding easy/hard? Etc. Through showing this genuine interest, children are more likely to want to tell their parents about school, rather than brushing off the topic and completely forgetting about school work once they enter the home environment. However, it is important to know that there is a fine line between showing interest in a supportive way and becoming too involved that the child feels overwhelmed and that school and home are merged completely into one.  

 

Allow for independence  

The mistake that many parents make is to help their child TOO much with their homework, to the point where the child does not have owned any longer and the homemade has pretty much been completed by the parent. Through doing this, the child is not only not learning but the teacher is not able to judge what level the child is working at and may have false expectations of what they do and do not understand. Parents should of course support the child and explain things when needed but should allow for children to solve problems independently too and the finished product should be an accurate representation of their own understanding and ability.   

Allow for breaks 

While teachers find it very helpful when parents show interest and get involved in their child’s education, unnecessary pressure should not be forced upon the child and they should be able to take breaks.  It is important that children are allowed to clear their mind from all things school during periods of time that are to relax, rejuvenate or enjoy themselves such as holidays, family events and especially Christmas or their birthday. 

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