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Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home

If there is one question that almost every parent asks at least once, it’s how they can support their child’s learning at home. Parents want to do all they can to be the best role models and support, and as a child learning journey is so fascinating, it can help to get involved. It’s a journey that’s full of excitement, wonder and a greed for knowledge. Parents often do their best to be the first and most important teacher, as they play a big role in determining how well their child does. 

This isn’t just about school, though, it’s also about how well they do in life. You have a huge amount of influence over what kind of learner your child is going to be, and whether you are investing in some good primary school worksheets to do together on the weekends, or you are supporting them by getting them involved in an after school hobby, you can be the best educate your child has ever had. There has been a huge emphasis on schools ensuring that the needs of every child is met, but this starts at home. If you want to support your child’s learning, we’ve got some tips for you below.

  • Be as positive as possible. Learning is a chore. We go to work everyday to earn money, and children go to school everyday because they have to learn about the world around them and it’s a good place for them to get an education. It doesn’t mean that they want to come home and do some more learning on top of that. It sets up children for a lifetime of understanding that their time is not precious and it should be dedicated to their studies or to their work. As a parent, you may fight against the idea of homework, and you wouldn’t be alone. You don’t have to make learning at home a homework thing. Yes, primary school worksheets are a great idea to have as a supportive system if your child is struggling during a subject, but learning from home encompasses everything else, to. You can talk about finances, cooking, gardening, practical homeware skills that children are going to need to learn and should learn from an early age.
  • Be a reading role model. Again, not all learning is sitting at a desk and learning ABC’s. In fact, reading aloud to your children even after they know how to read is one of the most important things you can do to increase their success in school. If they can see you reading, and you are willing to read to them, you get to show them that they can read for pleasure. Reading isn’t just about passing exams or learning every subject inside and out. It’s fun to dive into the world of somebody else, and to learn about characters, and to fall in love with the way somebody else writes. Showing children that this is something that’s fun is something that you’re going to want to do is apparent.
  • Take your kids to the library. Not all learning is done in the home, not when you can take the children to a library and get them immersed in books and expand their horizons. You can set your children off on the right path of being independent learners when you take them to a library, and they can learn to choose their own books on their own excitement for learning will start to shine through.
  • Talk about their future. What does your child want to be right now? It’s a question you should ask every year, because this answer is going to change. One minute your child will want to be a superhero, the next it’ll be an astronaut and then they’ll make a decision one day on what they want to become and it is the learning that you help them without home that’s going to help to shape this for them. For example, if your child wants to be a doctor, you might start to do Play Doh surgery at home or teach them how to label the human body with the help of a giant skeleton in your house. There are many fun ways that you can make it fun, and talking about what they want for their future is how you can help them to be better learners.

Children are always going to push against learning if they’re not interested in the topic. It’s up to you as a parent to ensure that the topic of choice is one they want to do!

 

 

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