5 Things Parents Should Do
As A teacher, I always have parents asking me, “What can I do at home?” The truth is, elementary students, do not improve more when you give them more work. It is proven homework does not improve scores. Parents sometimes get too focused on making their kid the best or making their kid happy. I get it! You want the best for the mini-you but my suggestions are usually much simpler than what parents think. And believe or not, most tips have nothing to do with school.
1. Play Word Games with Children
Get the student thinking and using their vocabulary. This can help with spelling and vocabulary development. Scrabble and Boggle are two great games. You can also put sand in a cooking pan or shaving cream on a flat surface and ask your kids to spell site words given by a teacher. The key is to make practicing fun!
2. Encourage Reading for Pleasure
The best way to get this done is to read for pleasure yourself. Every night, schedule a time where everyone in the house is reading. Also, make it important that it is for fun! Afterward, share what you read about. (If you are reading an x-rated book, just take the x-rated stuff out in your summary!) But kids learn best through example. What great activity to do after dinner and before ice cream or desserts!
3. Let Kids be Kids
Give the student enough time to play. Parents always ask me for more homework. Homework has been proven to not improve student scores below high school. I teach elementary school. The only thing that shows improvement is reading. Homework otherwise becomes more or less busy work because it should be done by the student without assistance. Kids need to explore the outdoors and play. This will be more beneficial in the long run. They also get a break after a long day of work.
4. Mean No When You Say It
This is my biggest pet peeve as a teacher. I can tell the different between the child testing me and the child who does not understand the word no. The child testing me stops testing me when they understand I mean business. The child who has no idea what no means constantly questions all year. Mean exactly what you say and most of the time the child brings that lesson to school and their social life. The belief people at face value. Now I don’t mind the child who tests me and wants to see if I mean what I say. I expect it! Thrive on it. However, getting testing in March is boring and very annoying.
5. Love Your Child
Spend time with your child. Do fun things with them. They crave your approval and attention. Be sure your child knows you approve them. Most students want to make their parents proud. Also, sometimes the students aren’t the best behaved because they are seeking attention and approval from me. Shower them with love and I will see the changes in the classroom. A happy kid walking through the door is more willing to learn every day!
Do you have additional ideas? Have you tried something else that was successful? I would love to hear about it. Send an email to email@example.com