Every parent wants to see their child succeed in their education. No matter how old your kids and no matter what their passions, you want to make sure that they have every opportunity to become happy and fulfilled adults. And while this means giving them the network of support and encouragement they need in school, this is really just the tip of the iceberg. Making sure your child’s education is a valid one requires a multi-tiered approach that takes all kinds of learning into account. Everything your child experiences contributes to their own personal learning curve which is why parents must take a holistic approach to their education…
Learning doesn’t end with the school day
Children are knowledge sponges. They have the capacity and propensity to learn from everything they come into contact with. Your input as a parent will help to shape exactly what they learn from their experiences, but it’s naive to expect learning to end when the final bell rings at school.
Everything from the TV programs they watch to the video games they play and the conversations they have with their friends either strengthens their cognitive faculties or equips them with new information. As such, rather than assuming that they’re wasting their time watching cartoons or playing games- try and engage with their experiences. You may be surprised by just how much learning takes place during play and downtime.
Extra tuition isn’t just for kids who are struggling
Many parents choose to supplement their child’s learning outside of school with 1:1 tuition from a teacher at home or through an Immerse Education experience online. The concepts and formulae introduced in the classroom don’t always get assimilated there, and a little outside hours support can help to cement and enrich the learning that takes place in school, even if your child is doing well in the classroom.
Make sure you’re always learning and growing, too
Any teacher will tell you that one of the most effective ways to get a child to learn a new skill of behaviour is to model it. As such, in order to be good teachers parents also need to be good students. They should always take steps to learn and grow, developing a nuanced perspective informed by a range of people and sources. When kids grow up in an echo chamber it can only restrict their growth.
When parents keep an open mind, it also helps them to engage with the cultural milieu in which their children learn. They realise that the books their kids read might not be trash, the TV they watch might not be brainless and the music they listen to might not be noise after all.
Don’t overdo it
Kids of all age benefit from support, encouragement and guidance from their parents. Still, there’s such a thing as overdoing it. In your zeal to help your child get the most out of their learning don’t forget that even a child’s knowledge-hungry brain has limits. Make sure that they have the time to rest and relax their minds. Children (even young children) can experience stress, too… and there’s plenty of time for that when they grow up.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.