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How Families Can Support Their Children’s Learning

downloadBy: Krystle Crossman

When your child goes to school you want them to get the most out of their education and do as well as they possibly can. This is a lot easier for children if their families are active in supporting them while they go through school. Taking an interest in their education will go a long way as they grow.

Many families are extremely busy these days, but there is always time to help your child and support them. Even if it is something small like pointing out things that you like about their latest art project or taking a small amount of time out of the afternoon to have them show you how they made it and teach you to make the project too. When they achieve something, no matter how small, make sure that you congratulate them on it. They will be more inclined to do even more things that will earn them your respect.

There are other ways that you can support your child too such as teaching them how to keep their desk neat at school and showing them how to organize their binders and backpacks. This will help them to become more efficient as they are able to find things in a faster amount of time. When they have something that needs a little work such as a paper, give them feedback, don’t criticize them. Let them know that they have done a great job and point out spots where there is a little room to make it even better.

Keep up on papers that they bring home from school as well. You want to know about meetings that are happening, open houses, fundraisers, and parent/teacher conferences so that they can show off what they are doing in school to you. If they are particularly good at something, such as drawing or painting, ask them to teach you how to do it. This will help to build their confidence.

If you have any concerns about your child’s education, talk to their teacher about it. They may be able to offer up suggestions as to how you can work together to help your child get the most out of school.

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