Tuesday, 23 July 2019

How To Get More Involved With Your Child's Schooling

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Taking the time to read this post shows that you're keen to get involved with your child's education. It shows that you care about your child’s success, their comfort in their education, and that you are willing to make a difference. Many parents simply haven’t the time, means or maybe just don't want to do something like this, so you should pat yourself on the back for even trying!

Blackboard with a pile of books, apple, open book and pens in the forefront, a chalk drawing of a rocket sits behind the pen pot

As parents we can often find it difficult to completely help every aspect of our child’s life. We must walk the tightrope between letting them explore and develop naturally, and wanting to wrap them in cotton wool and shield them from the world. However, this tightrope needn’t be attached to two extremes, which to fall from it means certain worry. Instead, finding little ways we can help out, calmly, carefully, without becoming overbearing or dismissive, can have tremendous success.

One way of having a better idea of how your child's education is going and how the school works could help you get more out of your child’s schooling and have a positive benefit. 

There's many ways you can get involved with your child's school and here's a couple of suggestions.

Volunteer For School Trips
School trips can be very hard to organize on the part of the teachers. However, it’s something that they are often obligated to do and something that they like to do. Planning resources can get a little tricky though. Even this excellent guide to organising a school trip requires a lot of time and effort. Schools are often only allowed to ask for a voluntary donation towards the trip, so the families that cannot afford the fee are able to attend. This also means that paying for extra staffing isn't financially viable.

Does this mean that you need to contribute more money? Not at all., but it can be that if you are trusted and verified by a DBS service, that you could have the capacity to volunteer for school trips. This might mean attending the trip and helping to supervising the children, giving them the means to cross the street more effectively and enjoy their trip safely. It can seem like a tiny contribution but it really can make a difference. In some cases your added help might even help the teacher go ahead with the event, rather than pulling it back due to a lack of adults in attendance.

Follow Their Homework
It can be very easy to just let your child get on with their homework throughout the weeks and months, but you may never know just what they are struggling with if you do that or what work your teachers are giving them. So, it can be worthwhile to follow what they are being assigned, keep up with their planner and ensure the work is done ahead of time. It can be worthwhile to set up a place in your home for them to work, maybe at your kitchen table or counter. Sitting down with them and helping them in the evenings can also be a worthwhile means of overcoming the issues they might experience or allow you to encourage and support them.

Encourage Honest And Open Discussion
School can be tough for many children. Not everyone develops at the same time, the worries of puberty can come on fast, and sometimes, kids can be very mean and misbehave dreadfully. This can leave your child feeling somewhat victimised at the hands of others, or can simply make their learning experience harder to deal with. Of course, this is not something we ever wish for our children to experience.

Encouraging honest and open discussion can be worthwhile. If possible eat your dinner together and encourage all family members to speak openly about their day. This way you’ll have more of a chance of bringing people together and perhaps talking through hard issues. Letting your child know that the truth is more important than the risk of getting in trouble can help them open up. This can lead you to take an active role discussing a problem with a teacher or disciplining them appropriately if they themselves are perhaps misbehaving or being unkind to others.

Children growing up have plenty to deal with at school, even in a good school with caring teachers. Simply being that solid ground they can speak to each day can be a worthwhile and generally reliable experience. It can help them come home and discuss their day, and keep you completely in the know. 

Mummy Snowy Owl

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