Education Role of parents in education
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THE growing up years of children are times of learning where kids evolve into mature, sensible and sensitive adults. However, one thing that is and should be constant is the parent’s role in their children’s upbringing. It is their attitudes about education which is a source of inspiration for the children and helps them with a better understanding of their own educational journey. So how can a parent help in this regard is what we need to understand. In the early years of a child, parents need to be constantly with them--exploring nature, reading together, playing together and being by their side talking about their daily experiences and thereby understanding the world and its happening around them. When the child begins formal school, the parent’s job is to show him how school will further help him in his learning journey. Through guidance and regular practise, parents help their kids to organize their time and play and thus help them to learn new things in and out of school. One of the most important things a parent can do is notice her child. Is he social or an introvert, is he into gadgets or the creative kind, what subjects interest him, etc? This understanding helps to identify the interests of the child and explore it. Different children have different modalities to study and learn. Some learn visually through images while others prefer tactile experiences, like building block towers and working with clay. While some are good listeners, others are good at observations. By paying attention to how your child learns, you may use the ability for better understanding of subjects like explaining tough topics by drawing pictures together, creating charts, building models, singing songs and even making up rhymes. Many teachers encourage parents to help their young children learn in a non-stressful environment where practise helps in a big way. This may include going over basic counting skills, multiplication tables or letter recognition, depending on the needs and learning level of your child. It is a good idea for parents to inculcate the habit of reading in their children. This helps children in understanding the structure and vocabulary of good literature and helps them in getting their grammar right too. Let kids pick the books they like. Book series are great for reluctant readers. Make learning part of your child’s everyday experience, especially when it comes out of your child’s natural questions.
Supplementing school with outside activities yet being judicious enough to know how much you let or urge your child to do. Kids need downtime as much as they may need to pursue extra-curricular activities. monitor your child to see that he is truly enjoying what he is doing.
It is in the hands of the parents to keep children away from distractions like limiting television viewing time, gadget usage etc. Help them with books, toys, crafts and friends helps children to develop their own skills and use their leisure time effectively.
Learning something new yourself is a great way to model the learning process for your child. Take up a new language or craft, or read about an unfamiliar topic. You’ll gain a better understanding of what your child is going through and your child may learn study skills by watching you study.