Taking an interest in your child’s educational activities, and all that it includes, has a positive effect on how the child experiences school.
The KidsHealth webpage offers a few recommendations for parents to be informed about their children’s education and how to support it.
- Go to the first day back to school. Children do better at school when their parents are involved in their academic lives. This is why being there for the start of the school year is the best way to get to know your children’s teachers and understand what they expect of the child. It is also recommended to attend periodic parent-teacher meetings.
- Visit the school. Understanding the layout of the school’s facilities can help with conversations when the child is talking about the different areas of their school. It can be especially helpful to know where the following locations are: the principal’s office, the nurse’s office, the cafeteria, the gym, the field, play toys, the auditorium and special classes.
- Support homework expectations. Primary school homework reinforces and extends what is learned in class and helps children practice study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and work ethics.
- Send your child to school ready to learn. A healthy breakfast gives children the energy they need to start their day. Children that eat breakfast are less likely to miss school and to go to the nurse’s office complaining of stomach aches or of being hungry.
- Teach the child to be organized. When children have guidelines to be organized, they tend to be able to concentrate more quickly on what they need to do. With schoolwork, this means having a notebook to write your homework down in and a folder to store it in.
- Take attendance seriously. If the child is not sick or there are no extenuating circumstances, all children should get to school on time. Getting to school late means being behind on homework and classwork which can cause stress and interfere in the learning process.
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