No one wants to be labelled “a bad parent” especially when it comes to their children’s education. Here are some tips for mommies and daddies to get in the game and help their children without having to go back to school.
Parents can help with fun learning materials
Learning academic subjects requires an active mind and body. Parents can provide fun learning materials for children to stay focussed. Games such as Text Twist, Bookworm and Hangman challenge the mind by keeping it busy.
Charts, diagrams and posters with formulas, definitions, examples of literary devices and pictures with labels eventually get imprinted in the mind when seen constantly on a wall. A parent can join in on the fun with flashcards, puzzles, Pictionary, Scrabble and other games to keep the home lively at all times.
Ask questions and listen attentively
When children get home from school, parents usually ask, “How was your day?” They should always follow with questions about the topics covered in each class. This conversation should not take very long unless the children are very talkative.
The more information is shared the easier it is to find an interesting area for which assistance can be offered. The trick is to identify the weak areas of children’s studies. It’s important to ask, “How did you find that lesson?” and, “What grade did you receive for that exercise?” in order to get the answers they are seeking.
Let children make weekly presentations
Parents can create a “presentation day” for children to explain all the topics done in school for the week. They are able to see if their children understand the lessons taught at school and at the same time they learn the work so as to assist them even better. Take notes during the presentation, ask many questions after to ensure that the information presented is indeed understood by the presenter and not taken straight from the text book.
Review homework daily
Many guardians go through children’s homework to ensure it was done and sometimes to put their signature for the teacher to see. Not everybody actually looks at the work to see if it was done properly though. Even if parents do not understand the work, at least they should let their children give details about it at the end of each day. This reduces the chances for embarrassment at the school when teachers talk about adults who sign homework that was done incorrectly.