The Center for Public Education reports that there’s a definite impact on a child’s academic success based on the level of a parent’s involvement. The support of family is vital to the success of the child in school. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a parent. Grandparents, aunts and other siblings can have an impact on a child’s ability in school too. There are many ways to help a child succeed.
1. Parent and Teacher Relationships
Those parent/teacher conferences are helpful for seeing how the child is progressing, but they’re also helpful for the parent to ask questions. Learn where your child is having a problem, or help the child meet the expectations in class.
2. Reading with the Child
Strong reading habits start early. You can instill a love of reading in your child even if you don’t read often yourself. The reading can be online at a site like HBNewsNetwork or through magazines or newspapers. You might read a few news stories and discuss them with your child.
3. Writing Exercises
There are plenty of writing opportunities at home where you can encourage your child to express herself. It can be fun to write letters to family members who live far away, and they’ll love getting letters in return. If you can’t write letters, have him create emails to other members of the family.
4. Local Community Activities
There’s always opportunities to learn and spend time with your child. The local children’s museum with its science or interactive displays is a perfect way to spend a weekend. If you’re an aunt or an uncle who wants to help, you might want to bring the child on special trips to art museums or government buildings to expose the child to other areas of their community.
5. Group Study Opportunities
While some parents worry about children who get together to study are not really studying, it will help expose them to study groups in general. These are essential as the child grows, and when they’re in college, study groups are vital for success in school. Start by providing an open place in your home for your child’s friends to study. Encourage other parents to do the same.
6. Homework Assignments
For working parents, it can be tough to keep track of your child’s schooling, but you can see that homework is done every night. Most teachers will have the child write down assignments in a book that will help the parents keep track of what their child is doing in school. You can also keep in contact with the teacher by email. In fact, some teachers have an online calendar or place for parents to see what the children are doing in class.
When family is supportive and involved with the child’s education, they’re more likely to be successful. Working parents might find it difficult to be at the school for certain events, but that’s why the entire family should be supporting each other. A grandparent or other family member would love to step in at school where needed.