Essential advice for ALL parents.
As parents, we want to do everything we can to help make sure our children are not only learning to the best of their ability, but also enjoying it.
But our biggest fear is that we’re often not quite sure how we can help make that happen.
Well, it turns out there are some easy things we can do to help them on their way.
Here are seven simple ways to start helping your kids do better at school.
1. Make sure you have a positive attitude about education.
If you’re enthusiastic about your child’s education, then they will be too. If they understand the importance of why they’re at school and enjoy learning at school and at home, then they’re well on their way to experiencing a great education.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by The Department of Education and Training (School Mate app, download now via App Store / GooglePlay). But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
2. Discover technology together.
Talk to your child about the way we use different, everyday technologies like apps, mobile phones and the internet. Teach them about their digital footprint and how data is stored online, and have discussions about how to keep personal information secure.
If you have a tech-savvy child you could teach them about coding and video game design – you could even tell your child about the technologies that existed when you were a child (yeah, back in the Dark Ages) compared to today.
3. Make maths fun (yes, it’s possible).
Depending on the age of your child, there are lots of fun maths activities out there. You could look at recipes together and analyse the different systems of measurements (litres, grams, etc) and try doing simple conversions.
Try letting your child pay for the weekly groceries with real money, help them make a saving plan for something they want to buy or find numbers in the newspaper, in digits and in words, and cut them out and place them in order of smallest to largest number. Make it a game, and they’ll actually WANT to learn.
4. Talk to your kids about the world around them.
Everyone belongs to different social, economic, interest and cultural groups. Ask your child which groups they think they belong to. Are they in different groups to their friends?