Do your best to be in contact with your child's teacher regularly. Often the teacher is the first to notice issues retaining certain content, problems getting along with other students, or new behavioral changes. By maintaining open lines of communication, you can ensure that you’re ahead of the curve when it comes to addressing whatever challenges may occur.
Schedule Time For Homework
Just like you need to schedule time for meetings at work, to go to the gym, and a spend time with your family, it’s important for you as parents to schedule your child’s homework into your weekday as well. This helps you stay on top of the task, making sure it’s getting done, and it helps your child to feel supported in this task that probably isn't what he or she would prefer to be doing. This isn't to say that you have to sit down and work through each problem together, but that you carve out a moment and a physical space for your kids to sit down and work with family nearby. This practice can also help your children develop a regular homework habit.
Check In Regularly With Your Kids
If you want to know what’s going on with your child’s schooling, ask them. We know that it’s not always that easy, but we recommend that parents work to open lines of communication about school early and ask specific questions of your children. “How was your day?” is a common question, but one that yields little information. Try to be specific and relate it to what you know they’ve been learning.
Encourage Learning Outside Of School
There’s a misconception about education that it only takes place in a classroom, but we know that isn't true. One great way to get your child excited about school is to follow their lead into subject matters they show interest in. If your child has enjoyed learning about dinosaurs or American history, encourage that interest by giving them the resources to dive even deeper into the subject. This can range from taking them to museums to simply buying books and magazines.
Getting a high quality education is a huge benefit to your children's future success, but it’s easy for life to get in the way. At St. Barnabas we are committed to supporting all of our students and their families through their educational journey. Give us a call today to learn more about how the St. Barnabas community can support your family during these very critical young years.