As you know, parents are, and will always be children’s learning models. Parent attitudes about education can inspire children and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey. As preschoolers grow into school age kids, parents become their children’s learning coaches. Through guidance and reminders, parents help their kids organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
So we ask that you support your children’s in learning by:
• Tuning into how your child learns. Many children use a combination of modalities to study and learn – it could be visually through making and seeing pictures, others through tactile experiences. Some are auditory learners who pay most attention to what they hear. And they may not learn the same way their siblings (or you) do.
• Practicing 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.
• Setting aside time to read together. Read aloud regularly, even to older kids.
• Connecting what your child learns to everyday life.
• Connecting what your child learns to the world.
• Helping your child take charge of his learning. We want to keep children in charge of their learning and become responsible for it. 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 particularly on the weekend. Kids need downtime and rest as much as they may need to pursue extra-curricular activities.
• Keeping 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.
A great site to visit is the Connect-Primary website at: www.education.vic.gov.au/primary for loads of ideas in supporting your children throughout their education.