How can I help my child at home? This is a question that teachers are often asked when meeting with parents. The answer can be complex because there are many activities that parents can do with their child but there are two ways that are more important than any others....and here they are!
1. Let your child know that you are interested!
2. Talk to your child about what they are learning.
Sounds simple? Well, yes, it is, but what do you actually need to do?
Show you are interested by...helping your child get organised
Help your child to make a plan or weekly schedule and put it in a place where the whole family will see it often. It is an important lifeskills to help your child to learn how to keep track of what’s due and when. If your child is not yet able to write, then you can scribe. Providing homework folders in which your child can tuck away homework tasks for safekeeping also can help with organisation.
Encourage Good Habits
Teachers generally give students tips on how to study. But it takes time and practice to develop good study habits. To reinforce good habits at home, you can:
- Help your child manage time to complete homework tasks. For example:
- discuss all the steps needed to complete it on time, including:
- coming up with an idea
- doing the research by looking up books and other materials on the topic and taking notes
- figuring out what questions to discuss
- making a plan
- writing a rough draft
- completing the final draft
Talk and discuss the homework task to help your child get started.
- Discuss what help they need
- Help them think of an idea.
- Explain what you already know.
- Look on the Internet with your child.
- Help your child work out what exactly they need to do. Do they need a particular book? Do they need to do a practical task? Do the need to speak to another person in the family? Help your child to make these choices and decisions.
If your child isn’t sure where to begin, make some suggestions. Make sure your child has access to a computer and help to use it properly and to find age-appropriate websites.
After your child has completed the task, listen and encourage your child to tell you about it.
Teachers look forward to your child bringing their task into school and it's exciting to see what they have done, what they have chosen to do and to listen as they talk to the class about their task.
Doing these simple steps can make a huge difference to your child. They will develop a sense of achievement and pride in their work. They will know that their teacher appreciates their efforts and that their parents are proud of them and most importantly...understand that their parents value their efforts and want them to do well at school.