As a parent, it is likely that one of your biggest concerns is your child’s education. Ensuring that they are receiving a high-quality education from an institution that you approve of is only the first step in setting them up for academic success. Maintaining an active role in your child’s school will help put them on a path to success and spot their hidden talents.
Here are a few ways to support your child at school.
Maintain a Positive Relationship with Teachers
Take the time to familiarize yourself with administrators and faculty at your child’s school. Meet your child’s teacher at the start of a new school year and let them know that you want to help them succeed academically. This will help you set up direct contact with your child’s teacher who can notify you of any struggles your child might be having in or out of the classroom. If you’re unable to meet with your child’s teacher in person, there are still ways to reach out. Your child’s school might utilize a service like Votacall which will allow you to reach their teacher over the phone, or sending them a short note or email works too.
Help With Homework
Although homework is often one of the most dreadful parts of the school for students, it is one of the most essential elements of their academic success. Letting your child know that you are there to support them as they complete their schoolwork will allow them to feel supported and give them the means to get assistance with their work. This will also allow you the opportunity to identify specific areas where your child might be struggling so that you can get them further help if needed.
Maintaining a strong relationship with key members of your child’s school will make it easier to receive information about their academic performance and will make it easier for you to reach out for help should they need it. Volunteering at school events or joining organizations such as a Parent-Teacher Organization is a good way to familiarize yourself with school faculty and administrators while contributing to your child’s schooling experience.
If your child’s teacher reaches out with feedback about poor performance or behavior at school, inquire about what could be causing these issues instead of punishing your child. Talk to your child about what is going on, and see what you can do to help. Punishing your child for poor performance in school is not likely to solve the problem, but will lead to them having a negative attitude about school.
Focus on Goals, Not Grades
Although grades are an important way to measure your child’s academic progress, teaching children to get good grades above all else can keep them from learning along the way. Focus on teaching them learning and studying habits that will help them absorb and retain information, instead of just getting through the work to earn a good grade and moving on. Along with your child, set goals for what they would like to accomplish during the school year, and help them work towards meeting those goals. This will teach them the importance of working hard and learning alongside the family.