Teaching can be a rewarding career for teachers. But as with many careers, teaching doesn’t end at 3:30.p.m. when the school bell rings for the end of school. How can parents help their children succeed in the classroom?
Many parents are in such a rush in the mornings, that they drop their children off and dash off again so that they are not late for work, without so much as a greeting to their child’s teacher. Teachers know that you are busy, but if you need to mention any concerns in the morning, do not be afraid to do so.
If you are too busy to sit and chat for five minutes, contact your child’s teacher via e-mail to bring up a concern you have about your child. Staying connected with your child’s teacher can contribute to your child’s success in the classroom.
Learning is a Continuous Process
Learning is a continuous process that does not end at the end of each school day. Just because the last bell has rung for the day does not mean that your child should shut down completely until next morning. Parents should endeavour to help their children continue to learn outside of the classroom.
That means more than helping children complete their homework on time. Children can also learn about nature as they walk across the school through the park or they can learn more about measurements and volume while helping their dad bake a cake. The point is to feed your child’s mind with information, which they will soak up like a sponge, retain and put to use later on.
Train Your Child to Be Organised
Good organisational skills will stand your child in good stead throughout their school career, and right on into adulthood when they enter the workforce. Rather than lose another lunchbox, coat or school blazer, make sure you train your child early on to be organised and to keep their backpack neat and tidy. One way to do that is to label everything so that nothing goes astray. That way, your child’s teacher can spend more time teaching than in trying to locate another piece of lost property.
Parents play an integral role in their children’s school success. They should take the time to approach teachers with any concerns that they have about their children. If you are too busy to talk in the mornings, contact teachers via e-mail so that you can stay connected. Parents should also treat learning as a continuous process and take every opportunity to teach their children from the world around them. Finally, parents should train their children to hone their organisational skills by labelling all of their belongings and encouraging them to keep their backpack neat and tidy.
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