10 Things a parent can do to help their child succeed in school


1.Build a relationship with the teachers.

Communicate with your child’s teachers, find out what they expect from him or her throughout the year, and see where you can assist your child in meeting the teacher’s expectations.

2.Expect homework
Keep track of their assignments, ask if they need assistance and stay in contact with their teacher and tutor for updates on their progress

3.Practise writing at home
This teaches your child the importance of grammar and spelling, you could encourage fun little exercises to practise these skills, such as making shopping lists or making their own chore chart for the week

4.Make maths part of your everyday life
Cooking, helping with washing items as well as shopping are all good ways of stimulating your child’s creativity of thinking outside the box, ask him or her to explain their answers. Use household items to count, multiply, divide and subtract.

5.Read
Reading is the foundation of all learning; this is the most important contribution that you could make towards your child’s education. Give them anything and everything to read, assist them with pronunciation and ask them to discuss what they have read.

6.Spend time at school
This is the best way of knowing what is going on with your child’s education, for the working parent this is not always easy, but attending one or two events is better than none, and it also ensures your child that you are interested in what is going on at school.

7.Use the community and environment as a classroom
Feed your child’s curiosity each and every day, do activities which relate to their current topics at school, make learning fun by visiting museums, heritage sites and or community parks.

8.Study and homework environment
Ensure that your child has everything he or she needs to study correctly, an adequate desk to sit at with a comfortable chair which supports their back while studying; encourage them to study without distractions such as cell phones and television. Ensure that he or she has a balanced meal before hitting the books.

9.Ask your child to explain his or her thinking
Encourage your child to explain their reasoning behind certain choices, ask lots of questions and ask them to elaborate on why they chose a certain answer above another.

10.Encourage group study
Open your home to other kids; invite them over to study together in a friendly, fun and peaceful environment. This will encourage thinking outside the box as well as teaching them to respect other people’s way of thinking.