Many of our parents are willing to do as much as possible to help their children succeed in school and they often request specific work they can do at home to help make this happen. In the end, however, it comes down to the child’s ability to meet the expectations outlined during their education. With this being said, how can parents support their child throughout their learning journey?
One of the most common answers I give (and recommend our teachers to give) is to ensure that their children read each night. READ, READ, READ. The reason I give this answer is because the one activity of reading can improve so many aspects of academics. For example, reading can improve a student’s vocabulary and command of a language. Reading can improve a student’s sentence structure in writing by being exposed to a variety of different sentence starters. Reading non-fiction can improve a student’s knowledge of a certain topic or subject. The visualisation required to read books without pictures can heighten a student’s imaginative ability. Reading longer books can increase stamina and perseverance. Certain situations that occur in a book can lead students to reflect, analyse and evaluate. The list goes on and on; reading can truly impact the way in which children learn to think.