I wish to begin by noting that; Although our role as parents in our children’s learning is something that evolves as kids grow, one thing that remains constant of this parental role in the learning process of our children, is that ;- we are our children’s learning and role models.
Our attitudes about education are what will inspire theirs’ and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.
Therefore our core responsibility in our children’s learning process is to be their role model for learning.
Being a role model for learning, starts in the very early years, as we parents are our children’s first teachers at home before they start formal school.—this is when we teach them how to count numerals, recite the alphabet and vowels etc
When a young child begins formal school, the parent’s job is to show him how school can extend the learning that you began together at home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be.
As children grow in their formative school years, as parents, we ought to become our children’s learning coaches. Through guidance and reminders, parents ought to help their kids organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
For instance, At home:
- Help your child organize his/her time
- Limit television viewing on school nights
- Talk to your child regularly about what’s going on in school
- Check homework every night
- Building a Home Foundation for Education
Provide your children with a quiet area to study and do homework in your home. Academics should be important enough to have a dedicated area in your home.
- Encourage your child to read every day. This is done best by setting an example. Actions speak louder than words so demonstrate this to your child by reading and encouragement. The number one activity linked to academic success is reading.
- Maintain consistent communication with your children’s teachers to insure what you are doing at home is supporting your child’s work in school. Become familiar with each teacher so they feel comfortable calling you. Some teachers are shy, too! Always check and show a tremendous amount of interest in tests, book reports, science projects, and of course progress reports and report cards. If you show little value to these things, your child will as well.
- If your children are experiencing difficulty with a concept or subject that you are not familiar with (or forgot), call the school and ask if extra support or tutoring is available.
- Always provide positive reinforcement and verbal praise to your children for their demonstration of homework skills, academic efforts, discipline, and achievements.
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- Set a fixed time each day for study and homework and do not negotiate or fluctuate. If the homework is light that day, the child should use the time to put extra effort into his toughest subject. The amount of homework should not dictate the time!
- Inquire about your children’s homework every day and check to see that it is completed. Also demonstrate an interest in what your child is learning and offer realistic application to that knowledge. Make it fun by telling them that ice cream cones cost $1.25 each—if you can figure out how much money I will need to take the family to get one cone each, after your math homework, we will go.
- Make sure your children always have the required school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpener, etc. It is embarrassing for a child to show up without the required tools to do a project in school. Furthermore, it is irresponsible of a parent to send children to school unprepared.
- Always ensure your children get enough sleep, eats properly, exercises, and gets to school on time every day. Consistency is key to academic success.
Pay attention to what your child loves. “One of the most important things a parent can do is notice her child. Is he a talker or is he shy? Find out what interests him and help him explore it. Let your child show you the way he likes to learn,” recommends Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D.
Tune into how your child learns. Many children use a combination of modalities to study and learn. Some learn visually through making and seeing pictures, others through tactile experiences, like building block towers and working with clay. Still others are auditory learners who pay most attention to what they hear. And they may not learn the same way their siblings (or you) do. By paying attention to how your child learns, you may be able to pique his interest and explain tough topics by drawing pictures together, creating charts, building models, singing songs and even making up rhymes.
Practice what your child learns at school. Many teachers encourage parents to go over what their young children are learning in a non-pressured way and to practice what they may need extra help with. This doesn’t mean drilling them for success, but it may mean going over basic counting skills, multiplication tables or letter recognition, depending on the needs and learning level of your child. “There may be times to review, but don’t take on the role of drill master,” adds Diane Levin, Ph.D.” And when you do review it should feel as if your child wants to be a part of the practice.”
Set aside time to read together. Read aloud regularly, even to older kids. If your child is a reluctant reader, reading aloud will expose her to the structure and vocabulary of good literature and get her interested in reading more. “Reading the first two chapters of a book together can help, because these are often the toughest in terms of plot,” notes Susan Becker, M. Ed. “Also try alternating: you read one chapter aloud, she reads another to herself. And let kids pick the books they like. Book series are great for reluctant readers. It’s OK to read easy, interesting books instead of harder novels.”
Connect what your child learns to everyday life. Make learning part of your child’s everyday experience, especially when it comes out of your child’s natural questions. When you cook together, do measuring math. When you drive in the car, count license plates and talk about the states. When you turn on the blender, explore how it works together. When your child studies the weather, talk about why it was so hot at the beach. Have give-and-take conversations, listening to your child’s ideas instead of pouring information into their heads.
Connect what your child learns to the world. Find age-appropriate ways to help your older child connect his school learning to world events. Start by asking questions. For example, ask a second-grader if she knows about a recent event, and what’s she heard. Then ask what she could do to help (such as sending supplies to hurricane victims). You might ask a younger child if he’s heard about anything the news, and find out what he knows. This will help your child become a caring learner.
Help your child take charge of his learning. “We want to keep children in charge of their learning and become responsible for it,” says Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D. “We want them to be responsible for their successes and failures, show them how engaging learning is, and that the motivations for learning should be the child’s intrinsic interests, not an external reward.”
Don’t over-schedule your child. While you may want to supplement school with outside activities, be judicious about how much you let or urge your child to do. Kids need downtime as much as they may need to pursue extra-curricular activities. “If a child has homework and organized sports and a music lesson and is part of a youth group in church or synagogue, it can quickly become a joyless race from one thing to another. Therefore, monitor your child to see that he is truly enjoying what he is doing. If he isn’t, cut something off the schedule,” advises Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Keep TV to a minimum. “Watching lots of TV does not give children the chance to develop their own interests and explore on their own, because it controls the agenda,” advises Diane Levin, Ph.D. “However, unstructured time with books, toys, crafts and friends allows children to learn how to be in charge of their agenda, and to develop their own interests, skills, solutions and expertise.”
Learn something new yourself. Learning something new yourself is a great way to model the learning process for your child. Take up a new language or craft, or read about an unfamiliar topic. Show your child what you are learning and how you may be struggling. You’ll gain a better understanding of what your child is going through and your child may learn study skills by watching you study. You might even establish a joint study time.