There are many ways that families can support children and their learning.
Being ready for school, by having a good sleep, breakfast and a hug before leaving in the morning is a great start.
Coming to school dressed for the weather, with the home-folder packed into the bag and with a good full lunchbox and a water bottle is the next step.
Three Major Factors of Parental Involvement in the education of their children
- Parents' beliefs about what is important, necessary, and permissible for them to do with and on behalf of their children.
- The extent to which parents believe that they can have a positive influence on their children's education.
- Parents' perceptions that their children and school want them to be involved.
Families whose children are doing well in school show the following characteristics
- They have an established a daily family routine. ( Dinner. Homework time. Chores. Bedtime. Family Dinner - together.)
- Monitor out-of-school activities. ( Setting limits on TV watching/ internet access/ supervised care.)
- Model the value of learning, self discipline and hard work. ( Communicating through questioning and conversation - demonstrating that achievement comes through hard work.)
- Express high but realistic expectations for achievement. ( Setting goals and standards that are appropriate for children's age and maturity. Recognising and encouraging special talents, informing friends and family about successes.)
- Encourage children's development/ progress in school. ( Maintaining a warm and supportive home, showing interest in children's learning and progress at school. Helping with homework. Discussing the value of a good education. and possible career options. Staying in touch with teachers and school staff.)
- Encourage reading, writing and discussion among family members. ( Reading, listening to children read, and talking about what is being read.)
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