How To Enhance Your Child’s Education
If you’re like most parents, you’ll be under the impression that the majority (if not all) of your child’s education takes place at school.
That no other learning is required.
This seems to make sense; after all, that’s what schools are for. They’re places of learning.
Yet the truth is that parents do have an important role to play in their children’s education. Just because the children are learning at school doesn’t mean you can’t help and enhance those lessons at home too.
The more you can help your child learn, the more they will engage at school. Therefore, the more interested they will be in their classes. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Read To Them
One of the very best things you can do to truly enhance your child’s learning is to read to them. The tradition of a bedtime story is something that you might remember from your childhood.
It’s more than just a nice thing to do. It has been shown to help your child develop their literacy skills, and to be a more confident reader by themselves.
As they get older and can read by themselves, they might not want a bedtime story anymore. Instead, you can set some time aside on the weekend to sit down with a good book.
Enjoy those stories in silence together. You can be there to help if required, and it can be a real bonding experience too.
Encourage your child to spend more time with you and their siblings if they have any. Playing games is also a good way to enhance and add to the lessons learned at school.
Switching on the TV and letting the kids watch it for hours at a time might be easier. Though, it’s not always so good for their brains.
Although a little TV is not a problem and some shows are made to be educational, so don’t dismiss it altogether.
Playing games, which could be card games, board games, active games, or games you make up on the spot, is great for their memory, imagination, and cognitive skills.
Chores Around the Home
Children will learn their academic lessons such as reading, writing, and math at school. You can certainly help to enhance those skills at home. Though there are other important lessons that they won’t necessarily learn at school.
Ones you can help them with.
These are life skills, and they are just as important as being smart if they want to have a successful, fully-rounded life.
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When you are doing chores around the house, it’s good to show your children what to do. A great time to show them is when you’re cleaning, changing bedclothes, doing laundry or cooking a meal.
Even if you need to change a tire on your car or need to order parts to fix your dryer online and then make the repairs when the parts arrive.
By giving your children the chance to see what you are doing and to be part of those everyday chores, you are giving them useful skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
Do you have any tips on how to enhance your child’s education?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.