It should come as no surprise that children who are encouraged and supported by their parents perform better than others. They also are able to succeed later on in life when they are studying as independent learners. Studies have shown that children with lower than average tend to raise themselves if their parents become involved in their education. It was also shown that children with a higher level of parental support proceeded to plan for further education. On the other hand, children who had little or no family support, typically received lower grades and in some cases, eventually dropped out of school.
The Australian Government’s view on parental engagement
The Australian Government fully supports the view that children perform better when parents are engaged in their education. Because of this, they are supporting several initiatives to encourage this. For example, the Learning Potential App and Learning Potential Resources are free tools that guardians can use to be a part of their child’s learning. They both support the Australian Curriculum for primary school. They are also working on a parent engagement project with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, which involves initiating the Australian Parent Engagement Network as well as the appointment of Local Champions. The Learning for Life Program is another initiative has seen an investment of AUD$48 million being made, in hopes of supporting 24,000 disadvantaged students to stay in school and prepare for their transition to higher education.
How to support young learners
There are a variety of ways that parents can support their children through their foundational years.
But, the key in all of this is to stay informed. Make sure you know what your child is up to in school. How are they performing and what should they be learning? How much do you know about your child’s syllabus? Are you able to help them if they need assistance with their homework, or do you need to engage the help of an external tutor or organization to help them when they face difficulties in school?
School websites usually have updates for parents about when testing dates are and staff contact information. Make sure you know your child’s teachers and are able to establish good communication channels with them. Try and stay connected to your child’s network. Do you know their friends and their friends’ parents? Take care of them at home. Send your children to school with nutritious meals and a good night’s sleep. Make sure that they are not constantly distracted by video games and The Internet before bedtime.
At STEMmates, we make sure that parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress. Teachers communicate children’s progress and parents are given context and feedback about their child’s performance in class. We strive to ensure that our children are well supported through their education and formative years. Get information about how your child can be a part of our STEMmates community today through our Facebook and website pages.
These days, with the variety of ways children can find information, it is not uncommon to hear how the internet has become a primary source for their information. There is now a huge amount of information available online, from websites to blogs, to forums and even social media. With such a huge realm of knowledge that is readily available to them, how then, can we make school and the classrooms as enticing to this data-hungry generation and keep them coming back to gain the necessary skills they will need as adults?