How can you be sure that you have a well adjusted child who enjoys learning both at school and at home?
10 Tips on How Parents can Help Students at Home

  1. All it takes is a little time and perseverance. One of the first points to remember is that good health is important. Watch that your child has a good diet and goes to bed at a set time every night. Tired children are slower learners and more susceptible to infectious diseases.
  2. Be interested in what your children do at school. When they come home do not ask, “What did you do today?” More than likely, they will answer, “Nothing”. Ask them about what they read or wrote, what they discussed in class and so on.
  3. Turn of the television during dinner and spend the time talking. It is no use asking questions if you do not listen to their replies. Use this time to enable children to discuss their problems and express themselves.
  4. A good reader always does well at school. Have books around the home and join the public library as well. Choose books together. Read to your children once a day from the time they are a year old. Once they are old enough to read, take an interest in the books they are reading.
  5. Encourage them to write. They may enjoy writing stories or keeping a diary, and family and friends will appreciate getting letters.
  6. Arrange family outings to museums, points of interest in the region, the railway station or the park. Encourage an interest in science by looking at nature. Make maths a part of everyday life by getting children to do the measuring, counting and estimating. They can count paces, weigh food and count out the cutlery.
  7. Make sure that you know exactly how your children are doing at school. Contact the teacher at the first sign of unhappiness or difficulty. Attend as many school functions as you can.
  8. Do not do projects for your children; simply help them to gather the material. Projects are designed to test their imagination and initiative. When your children ask you how to spell a word, refer them to a dictionary.
  9. Gain an understanding of the subjects your children are studying. This will enable you to help them with their homework. Read through their textbooks carefully and try to keep at least two chapters ahead. Set aside a specific period each day when you can help them with their homework. If your own day has been stressful, take some time to unwind first — do not plunge into the helping role while tense or irritable.
  10. Helping children with their schoolwork is not the same as doing their work or their thinking for them. It merely involves offering them insights into solving problems and answering questions, guidance on presenting information and assistance in obtaining the facts.