Supporting Learning at Home

Learning at home has a lot to do with supporting your child’s success as a learner — and this goes way beyond making sure their homework is done. Helping your child learn how to feel competent and positive about their learning is key. One way to do this is to help your child stay organized by creating a schedule for learning.

The contribution you make to your child’s learning cannot be highlighted enough. Through interaction and communication with your child, you can guide your child’s growth and development.

Help Your Child Learn at Home By…

Setting a Regular Schedule

It is important to set up a particular time and place for homework and reading to keep your child on track with learning. Be sure to check that their homework is complete and turned in on time. Then praise them for successfully completing their homework. Praise from parents always encourages children.

Reading Stimulates Imagination

Having books in the house is important. Reading with your child is an effective way to encourage them to read and helps them builds their language, vocabulary and literacy skills. Looking at a book with your child and discussing the pictures with them helps build their curiosity and memory. It is important to have a quiet place in your home where your child can go and do this to absorb the information as best as they can.

mother helping daughter with homework

Play Time

Children learn by doing, that’s why playing with educational toys and putting puzzles together is critical for your child’s growth and development. Through play, they will learn to get along with other children and develop their language skills as they interact with others.

father helping children with homework

Learn Everywhere

You can increase your child’s interest in homework and reading by connecting school to daily life. For instance, your child can learn about math as you prepare dinner and measure the ingredients.

Find Out About Progress

Meet with your child’s teachers to find out how well they are doing in class and what they are learning. It is important your child sees that home and school are connected as this can help them have a sense of security in their school environment.

Go over what your child is learning in school and practice what they may need extra help with. Be sure to also review your child’s report card discuss what they are having trouble with in school.

Keep a Positive Attitude

If your child is struggling in school encourage them to stay positive and do their best. By praising and displaying the work they bring home, you are showing how important schoolwork and learning is. What parents say can help children develop positive attitudes towards learning and help build confidence in school. It is crucial not to pass on any insecurities with a particular subject to your child. For example, if math or reading were your weakest points in school when you were young, it’s important to remain excited about the subjects to avoid passing on any negative associations.

By supporting your child’s learning at home, you can help build their self-confidence through encouragement, praise and by listening to their feelings.

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