10 Tips To Help Your Child In School
Did you know that if you are involved in your child's school work and school events, it will help your child do well in school? It's true! Even when mom is involved in school, it helps for you to be involved too.
So get involved! Here are 10 ways, to do just that.
1) Teach Your Kid the Importance of School
Your child needs to hear you say that school is important to success in life. Tell your child that the better he or she does in school, the better chance your child will have at getting a job that he or she will like and that pays well. Take time to talk with your child every day about the school day.
Model how important school is by taking a course on something you want to learn. If your child is old enough, take your child to class with you. This will show that learning can be done at any age. Buy books for your child or take your child to the library. Let your child choose the books to read. If you have a computer, buy software that teaches your child about math, reading, writing and other subjects. Make sure the software is designed for your child's age.
2) Make Learning Fun
Your child should have fun learning no matter how old he or she is. Play games that teach basic skills to your child like math, reading and writing. Use the fun times you spend with your child as a chance to learn. If you and your child like to fish, for example, go over school work that your child has problems with while you wait to catch the big one. If you're watching a basketball game, ask your child by how many points the winning team is ahead.
Encourage your child to play sports, join school clubs, play in the school band or get involved in student government. This will not only make school fun, it will help your child do better in school and stay out of trouble.
3) Don't Leave Everything to Mom
Some dads leave everything to do with school up to mom. This includes helping with school work, meetings with teachers and volunteering for school and class events. When you are not involved, it gives your child only one parent to help. If you're married to mom, helping with school work, meetings and events gives mom a break. Getting involved will help your child and your marriage. It takes pressure off mom and shows your wife and your child that you respect her.
4) Help With Homework
Children today have more school work, or homework, than you may have had as a child. This puts lots of pressure on children and the parents who help them.
Helping with school work may help your child learn more. You may be better at some subjects than mom is. She may be better at other subjects than you are. Your child may be in a class of 20 to 30 students. If your child is having problems your child may not get as much one-on-one help as he or she needs. You and mom can give your child the kind of one-on-one help the school may not be able to give.
If you have a boy, you may need to focus on reading and writing. If you have a girl, you may need to focus on math. Boys tend to do better in math than girls do, and girls tend to do better in reading and writing.(This may not be true of your boy or girl.) Look for your child's strengths and weaknesses, so that you can help your child where he or she needs it most.
5) Get To Know The Teacher
Set a time to meet with your child's teacher before you spend a day or two in class. This will help you get to know the teacher and ask questions you may have about how the teacher will teach and discipline your child. Offer to help with class events or to help (tutor) students in subjects you know well. Meet with the teacher as often as you need to. The teacher won't mind becuase it will show that you want to be involved. It's also good to meet with the principal to see how the school is run.
6) Spend A Day Or Two In Class
Ask your child's teachers if you can spend parts of one or two days in the classroom. This will give you an idea not only of the subjects your child learns, but how the teacher teaches them. It helps to know how the teacher teaches math, reading, writing and other subjects. It may be different from the way you learned those things. You don't want to confuse your child by being taught one way at school and another way at home.
7) Get To Know Parents
Your child will make friends in class and may or may not get along with other. Knowing the children in the class, and their parents, will help you talk with your child about the good and not so good things that happen at school. This will help if you need to talk with the teacher about problems between your child and other children that happen over and over again. Invite the children and the parents that you want your child to be around to your home. This may create bonds that last a long time. One of the best things you can do for your child is to help him or her avoid "hanging out" with the wrong crowd.
8) Go To School And Class Events
Go to meetings with the teacher, to class parties, to school ball games and plays, and to events that involve the entire school. When dads do these things, their children get better grades and like school more.
9) Get Time Off To Attend Events
All these ideas may be great, but what if it's hard to get off work? Use benefits, like flextime, that will allow you to get involved. Go in a little late and stay a little late if your child has an event in the morning. Bring your work home and do it after your child goes to bed if it will help you arrange your day to get involved. Ask the teacher or school for a calendar of events so that you can ask for time off long before events take place. This will help your boss plan for your absence. Ask to "telecommute" so that you can take and pick up your child from school.
10) Join Parent-Teacher Groups
Become a member of a group, like the PTA, that helps parents to get involved in your child's school. This is one of the best ways to make sure that your child's teacher is doing the best he or she can to teach your child. Start a "Dads Club" as part of the group. The club can create projects and events that help dads to get involved in the school.