What it takes to be an engaged and attentive school parent

Being an engaged parent means much more than what most people think. When it comes to being engaged and involved in your child’s academics, it included being understanding and supportive of your child through their educational journey.

Studies show that students with engaged parents irrespective of the backgrounds perform much better than others. They learn things well. It doesn’t matter what your qualifications you have or how well equipped you are with knowledge. You don’t need any teaching skills as such, just a few things that you should keep in mind. Let us glance at the most important and significant ones:

1. Read with them
Take out time and read with your child. Help them develop a love for reading by spending quality time together while you are reading them bedtime stories. Read about the stories in the books and talk about it with them. You’ll be surprised at how much your child understands and clear out concepts they might be unaware of. A love for reading is essential for their other school studies too. Children who read whatever they can get their hands on are generally smarter.

2. Know what is being taught at school
Try and keep yourself updated over your child’s educational progress. Find out what they’ve been educated on a daily basis and talk about it with them. You can create a continuity of the learning process in school by bringing it home like this. Don’t shy away from knowing their teachers or other people who can influence your child. Because of this, you will know if your child ever needs any extra support from you. Ask their teachers to keep you as involved as possible.

3. Encourage imagination and creativity in problem-solving
It is important for your child to learn to solve problems on their own. It will lead them to become less problematic adults who can rely upon themselves confidently. However, all issues are not the same and hence, can not be solved in the same way! So teach them creative ways and encourage their imagination when they are working on something new and different. Guide them through difficult tasks instead of only telling them what to do. Make up imaginary scenarios or ask them questions and keep them engaged with the problem at hand. Also, make them feel proud when they tackle the small challenges themselves.

4. Find practical learning opportunities
Having a hands-on experience is vital for everything that we learn. So, how can it not apply to a child? Take them outdoors and teach them difficult concepts using their surroundings. It will get them to learn actively even during playtime. You can teach them difficult concepts of mathematics like height, breadth, and width by finding things in the playground. A lot of mathematical concepts are best explained visually. You can have lots of doing this, and your child will grasp concepts for life.

5. Tell stories and talk about words and rhymes
It is something that can be done all day, every day. Even if you are driving around the neighbourhood, you can readout signs and talk about rhyming words. Make them read the shops’ signs or billboards. Try to incorporate reading and storytelling on a daily basis by simply imagining stuff together. It has a lot of potentials to get your child’s mind active. It will lead to a child that is actively using their brain to read, create and imagine things on a daily basis.

The tips mentioned above are essential for every child. Be a better parent and ensure your child a better living by being a part of their learning journey.