While students are out at school & engaging in other activities, it can become difficult for parents to keep track of the child’s learning progress.
Sometimes even when parents are on top of what is happening, they are not capable of helping their child due to time constraints such as their own work, other household responsibilities & commitment.
Here are a few tips to help support your child’s learning journey:
- Attend Parent-Teacher conferences/ Back to School days:
If your child’s school is organising a “Back to School” event, try to be present!
It will give you an opportunity to get to know your child’s teachers and understand what their expectations are.
When your child comes to you talking about issues at school – maybe even issues with a certain subject or teacher – you will be in a better position to help them deal with the problem, rather than being clueless about what you can do to help.
- Establishing supportive home routines:
While it is better for the student to set up their own study routines, parents may be called upon to set up routines themselves to structure their child’s learning.
Renewing your child’s attention when it comes to bedtime, morning and meals is a good starting point.
A good routine which has been proven to correlate with school success is the family dinner. Make an effort to include this in the routine as often as possible.
By setting up these supportive routines, your children will feel that you are taking care of them and supporting their academic performance.
In turn, this will give them more confidence at school and while doing the work surrounding it.
It is also a good base to improve your relationship with your children.
- Do not redirect your child’s efforts towards competition
Students already know they are in some sort of competition when it comes to grades, especially in Mauritius.
They are put under pressure as soon as they step into school and have to deliver results.
While competition can be a driving force for certain students, others may feel the pressure a lot more and it probably won’t help to add to it when they come back home.
It is better to focus on your child’s own strengths and weaknesses rather than going into comparisons with other students.
Trust us when we say this: they do not need to be compared to others.
Everyone has their own path – as parents, you must ensure your child has all the tools necessary so that they can perform at the best possible level.
- Project a positive attitude
Using words and body language which show your excitement towards the new school year & confidence in your child can go a long way in bringing academic success.
Be confident that your child will enjoy the school year & be positive that they will perform to the best of their abilities.
Children pick up on their parents’ messages, so make sure yours are optimistic & hopeful !
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