While most of a child’s education happens at school, it doesn’t end there. When children come home, parents take on the responsibility of encouraging and supporting their child in their education efforts. But how can this be done? Let’s take a quick look at a few simple ways parents can continue supporting education outside of school.
Meet with their teachers: One of the best steps parents can take to ensure they’re involved in their child’s education is to stay in contact with their teachers. Most schools have opportunities like parent-teacher conferences that allow parents to learn more about how their child is doing in school. And with the Condition of Education 2016 report showing that in the 2013-14 school year there were 441,000 private school teachers, parents will get to meet with several teachers over the years, starting at their private preschool. Reaching out with questions or concerns can help parents stay on top of their child’s education.
Ensure homework gets done: When kids bring home homework, parents should actively participate in ensuring it gets done. And while children generally don’t like homework, it’s important for their education. Private school curriculum often covers a wide range of subjects and interests. So parents should be knowledgeable of which subjects their child likes, dislikes, and may need additional help with. In doing this, parents can help with homework to the best of their abilities.
Encourage their interests: Not all children are interested in the same subjects or activities. This is why it’s so important for parents to encourage their children to pursue their interests. A great option to do this is for children to join private school extracurricular activities that tailor to their interests. Private preschools generally offer a variety of activities that children can try and learn what they’re interested in. Parents can also try to incorporate learning into their child’s likes — no matter if they like being outdoors, dancing, or reading books, there are learning opportunities everywhere.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways parents can support their child’s educational journey. So keep these simple tips in mind to help your child to the best of your abilities.