At Glashieburn we view our relationship with our Parents/Guardians as a partnership. Therefore, should you have any worries about your child’s development, learning or school experience we would encourage you to always come in to talk about it with us.
Here are a few helpful hints which you can do to help your child…
- Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. Showing your child that you both value education and use it in your daily life provides them with a powerful model and contributes greatly to their success in school. By showing interest in your children’s education, parents and families can spark enthusiasm in them and lead them to a very important understanding-that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding and is well worth the effort required.
- Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school-and in life. The importance of reading simply can’t be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning. See our leaflets, linked below “How to Build a Better Reader’.
- Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s school success. It’s through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well. It’s also important for you to show your child that you’re interested in what he has to say. Instead of ‘How was your day?’ Questions such as ‘ Tell me a positive part of your day…’ or ‘ High point and low point?’ or ‘ What was something new you learned?’ are good talking points.
- Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. You can help your child to develop these qualities by establish reasonable rules that you enforce consistently, making it clear to your child that he/she has to take responsibility for what he/she does, both at home and at school, showing your child how to break a job down into small steps, and monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends. Resilience is an important skills all children need to build upon.
- Encourage active learning. Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and bookstores. To promote active learning, listen to your child’s ideas and respond to them. Let him jump in with questions and opinions when you read books together. When you encourage this type of give-and-take at home, your child’s participation and interest in school is likely to increase.