Your child’s success in school doesn’t depend solely on what they learn in the classroom. Their potential can just as easily be developed at home simply by adopting a certain attitude and being set the right example. Banstead Preparatory School have put together the following advice for parents who want to help their children do well in school.
First of all, it’s worth understanding your child’s learning style so that you can draw out the best in them. If you know the way they absorb information, you’ll be better at explaining it to them.
There are three different styles of learning;
1. Auditory learners
Auditory learners like to talk things through to help them grasp the topic. They benefit more from having things explained to them verbally, rather than reading from a text book.
2. Visual learners
Visual learners like to have a pen and paper handy so they can write notes down or doodle whilst listening to information.
3. Kinaesthetic learners
Kinaesthetic learners use hands-on activities to process information. They often use hand gestures to express themselves, and then tend to prefer physical subjects like PE, Drama and Art.
Make sure your child knows that they have your support and be available to them if they need to ask you anything or need help with their homework. Take an interest in their academic life by asking them unique questions about what they’re learning in each subject, whether they’re enjoying it and if they need any extra help. Don’t ask the same old questions every day, because they probably won’t share much. If they know that you care about how they’re doing in school, they will probably try to perform better.
As well as asking questions about school, you should also make sure you attend things like school plays, sports day and parents’ evening. Praise your child when they perform well, but don’t be angry when they don’t because it might put them off trying again. The idea here is to emphasise that practice makes perfect; no-one becomes a brain surgeon or an award winning author overnight and failure is bound to happen. Be sure to share some of your own failures with your child so that they know it’s perfectly normal and can be overcome.
Do your best to set a good example for your child. Pack your bag for work the night before to encourage your child to pack their school bag at the same time. Sort out your shopping list or utility bills at your desk so your child sees that working is normal and being organised is important. Nothing you do will 100% guarantee your child will be successful at school, but you can try your best to help where possible.