Welcome to new academic year 2017 – 2018
With October and interim report cards just around the corner, I thought I’d share an article with you parents and guardians. These editorial words are from Child Development Institute.
Those taking the time to read this probably already know that education begins at home. Still, it does contain some wisdom that bears repeating. As a parent, you should be aware of what goes on in your children’s life at school. These six easy steps should allow you to feel more involved in their education.
First, ask your children what they learned in class that day. They may often say “nothing,” but only because your question is not specific enough. Ask more direct questions, such as, “What did you study in Math today? Science? English? Give me an example of something you learned that you can use in life.” Those should generally get the conversation going. You may get an unfavourable reaction at first, but generally children realize the advantages of this type of exchange.
Next, pick a certain time of day that is dedicated to talking about school and doing homework. This helps kids to have a routine. Attempt to keep the school and homework time as consistent as possible. Make sure to check the homework to ensure that it is, indeed, finished!
Needless to say that reading to your child has great benefits, but learning with them makes what goes on at school even more enjoyable. While they are completing their homework, it would be rewarding on many levels to engage in an academic activity yourself. Take a few minutes to read a book or write in your journal in order for them to see that learning is a life-long activity.
Fourth, use real life examples to relate to material that your child is learning in school. This helps your child transfer what they learn in school to the “real world” outside, and it shows them that there is a greater purpose than memorizing and forgetting new information after the test is completed. Use examples from math when you go to the grocery store, science when completing chores around the house, and work history into your discussions whenever possible.
Fifth, meet your child’s teachers and check in with them whenever you can. You can use your child’s school agenda for a quick note, or use their school email address. You should also try not to miss triads (first one this year is November 30th). Finally, check either edmodo pages or the e-corner, which are updated on a regular basis.
Sixth, praise your child for reading and other learning endeavours whenever possible. Remember that you have less influence over what your child does as they mature, and keep this praise in focus often when they are young.
Ensuring that education begins at home increases the likelihood that it will generalize to the school setting and beyond. Good luck in all your endeavors to make your child a life-long learner.
Mr. Sylvain Naud
Elementary Vice Principal