Friday, 1 March 2019

How to Help Your Child with their Learning

Because of Tilly's extra educational needs, we do some extra work at home, this helps to build her confidence and also help her catch up with her classmates. Showing your child that you’re curious about their school work lets them know just how valuable it is. After all, a child’s education should be continuous, even after they’ve walked through the school gates and headed home. Banstead Prep School, an Independent School in Surrey, offers the following advice to help parents who are unsure of how to promote home learning. 

1. Praise Your Child

When your child gets great feedback on a piece of work, make sure you praise them. This will be highly encouraging and will give them the enthusiasm they need to try hard on the next piece of work. Be sure to talk about their school work often and show an interest in their achievements. You could even think about taking them out for a treat to celebrate their success, because sometimes a treat after school work makes it all worth the while, especially if they struggle at the school like Tilly does.

2. Create a Homework Space

Your child needs a nice quiet, organised space to do their homework. When Kim used to come home from secondary school, she used to come straight in, get her homework out at the table and sit there for an hour or two to get it done. She wanted to get it done whilst it was fresh in her head. This ensured she was always ahead of herself with her homework and she worked without distractions. Distractions should be limited and there should be plenty of supplies in range, such as pens and paper. After all, you don’t want your child to waste time looking for missing stationery when they could be studying. Make sure you’re available to answer any questions so that they know they have your support.

3. Set a Good Example

Do you ever read a book, practise an instrument or work out next month’s budgets in front of your child? You should certainly consider doing so because it will set a good example for them. STEM toys are also a good way to get them learning as they play, they incorporate math, science, and English into their daily learning. We travel a lot and this means that Tilly learns more than your average child. We go to museums in foreign cities and learn about the countries history, she uses math to learn about the currency and she picks up words from a foreign language. Kids are like sponges and they soak in all of the information you have at hand. 

The best way to help your child with their learning is to assure them you’re there for them and you’re proud of their efforts. As long as your child knows that you are by their side, every step of the way then you will have a confident child always ready to learn new things.

Have you got any other ideas to help your child with their home learning? We would love to hear them in the comments.

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