5 Ways to Help in Your Child’s Learning Journey even if you don’t know how to teach

13/03/2020
All parents want their children to be successful in school, but not every parent feels like they know how to support them on their learning journey. Parents may think that they do not know how to teach, but all parents are teachers because children look to their parents as role models for how to act or react in any given situation. With these 5 tips, you too can make a positive impact on your child’s academic success.

Tips #1: Set up a quiet place where your child can study without distractions

Your child can study while sitting at the coffee table, but the TV must be turned off and stay that way. The same goes for your phones and/or tablets. If there are other siblings in the house, make sure that they do not interrupt the study time.

 Your child will come to understand that you take homework time seriously when you are focused on them.All parents want their children to be successful in school, but not every parent feels like they know how to support them on their learning journey. Parents may think that they do not know how to teach, but all parents are teachers because children look to their parents as role models for how to act or react in any given situation. With these 5 tips, you too can make a positive impact on your child’s academic success.

Tips #2. Learn what the classroom expectations are

To find out what is expected of your child, go to open houses and parent teacher conferences. The teachers can show you what manipulatives and the books they will be using.

Ask questions. The teacher is always the best resource to find out what your child is supposed to learn.

Keep close contact with the teacher, as they naturally will be more attentive to a child whose parents are actively involved in his or her learning.

Tips #3. Set up a homework routine

If your child typically comes straight home from school, plan on feeding them a healthy meal and completing their homework before they play. This can instill in them healthy habits that will remain valuable for years to come.

Increasingly, science is showing that too much screen time is dangerous for young children’s cognitive development, and can make them uncooperative and moody. As such, it is important that they do not turn on the TV or play on a computer game before they start their homework.

When homework becomes an essential part of your child’s daily routine, it will help prevent them from trying to avoid it.

Tips #4. Help your child learn organization skills

To do this, you are going to have to break down the steps into smaller, more manageable tasks. Your child does not naturally know how to keep a binder, a calendar, or a homework folder.

Whenever they complete something, make sure that they check it off the assignment to-do list and put the worksheet in the right place in their backpack or file. Supervise, but do not do it for them. If they do it for themselves, it is more likely that they will remember where they put things. The more they do this, the easier it will be for them to stay organised as time goes by.

Tips #5. Keep a positive attitude about schoolwork

Always make doing homework a positive experience. As much as you can, praise them for acquiring new skills, like learning new approaches or vocabulary. Try to translate skills into games they will enjoy.

For example, if they are learning a certain word in school, pull out a magazine or a newspaper to let them hunt for that word, and reward them when they do so.

Likewise, your child will appreciate it if you can study together with them. A good example would be to practice reading by alternating the pages read between you and your child. Books can also be so much more interesting when you stop every few pages to discuss

what is happening, clarify any confusing words or actions, and predict what you think will happen next.

You also can find out about the words that they do not know how to pronounce. However, remember to never criticize their mispronunciations. Instead, tell them what the word is (as well as a synonym for it) and move on. They will learn how to say it and remember it with practice.

So there you go, 5 tips that you can use to create an impact on your child’s learning journey. Remember, even if you don’t have the academic knowledge to teach your child, you can still teach them the soft skills of life!

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