Many parents who first enroll their children in private school worry that their child’s curriculum will be more difficult than what they may have experienced in public school. As such, one of the most commonly asked questions we receive from parents is what they can do to help their student succeed. We love to receive this question! It shows that the parent is invested in their child’s education, which is a fundamental part of their success. Today, the St. Cecelia team will give a few tips you can use to help your student succeed in a private school.
If you are looking for ways to help your child succeed in school, you are already on the right path. Parental involvement is a crucial component to ensuring your child stays ahead of the curve with their learning.
Have your child let you know what homework they need to do every night. Work with them to ensure they get their work done. One excellent way to facilitate this is by setting aside a special place for them to study and give them an established homework time. Perhaps 4 pm to 5 pm before dinner. Then they can have the rest of the night to pursue their own interests, or spend time with the family relaxing.
If they need help with their homework, give them clues, but don’t do it for them. Learning to think critically and learn independently is a lifelong skill that will impact their future studies much more than a day’s lesson.
Ask them how their day went and what they learned. One of the most effective ways for children to truly learn their material is by explaining it to you. This helps them to consolidate their thoughts into a format that is easy to explain and understand in their own words.
As soon as your child’s school year or semester begins, try to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long meeting — a simple face-to-face where you let the teacher know you want to help your child to learn will go a long way. Help them understand any difficulties your child may have, and let them know you want to be contacted if they run into any problems.
The teacher is going to be busy teaching a full class. If they know you are there to help assist in your child’s development, they will find opportunities where you can provide your child some much needed one-on-one learning.
Helping your child develop a love of learning is an everlasting gift you can bestow on them. Just because your child has finished their homework doesn’t mean they have to waste the rest of their evening watching television or playing games. Spend time learning about topics that interest your child. Maybe your child likes to hear stories about history, or maybe you can spend time reading the Bible together. Fostering an environment of learning in your home will help your child to develop healthy learning habits that will last a lifetime.
If a situation arises at school that you feel unsure of, whether it’s about your child’s behavior or even their curriculum, don’t be afraid to ask questions to help you understand situations or to get advice. Whatever problems that may arise, you can often work with the school staff to ensure the problem is taken care of. Being proactive and getting ahead of issues can save your child and yourself a lot of trouble.
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