Is your child facing some trouble with their studies? Are they incapable of competing with or even keep up with the requirements of the class? Are you troubled by their behaviour? Are questioning the kind of education that they are receiving? Well, it is only natural that as a parent, you are concerned about their requirements, and education is one of them.
Often time, children exhibit temperamental behaviour that affects their studies which make the parents worry and question the kind of education they might be receiving. Being involved in your child’s education is good and effective as well as the child is encouraged to study better and progress further. However, the question that persists is how can you be assured that your child is getting the right education that they need?
“Education-A necessity to safe guard your child’s future interest.”
In today’s world, education is asimportant as the exercise of breathing. Without the proper amount of education, there is no way to safeguard your child’s future.
However, education is simply not restricted to career goals and getting a job that will sustain your child of their entire life. It is about learning to be a better human being, acquiring skills that will take far in life. Given the current trend, more emphasis is givento marks and less emphasis on what the student is learning. This hampers the children and proves to be a big setback for them.
‘Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.’
Steps to ensure that your child gets the right education:
So, how can you ensure that your child is getting the best possible education that caters to their needs? How can you ensure that they are learning on their way to earn good marks and not simply memorizing facts blindly? Well, you can ensure that by taking some steps of course.
Listed below are some of the steps which you can take in order to ensure that your child’s education is not affected in any way and they get to learn, of course:
- Meet their teachers
Meeting your child’s teacher in school is of utmost importance. Your child stays at school more than they stay at home, and interact with the teachers more than they do with you at home. So, it is important that you establish a working relationship with the teacher for the benefit of your child.
Through this, you will get to know what is being taught and the level at which it is taught, the material given out, the problems that your child faces, and so on. Be direct and tell them to contact you if they have anything to say about your child or your child’s education.
- Study the curriculum
Many parents are completely unaware of what is being taught and school and whether it is approved by the state or not at that level. Thus, it is in their child’s best interest that they find out about the school curriculum; what they would be etching the kids, how they would be teaching and would that be appropriate for that particular standard.
This also allows the parents plan up an appropriate plan of action to get through the entire syllabus by the end of theyear.
- Attend parent teacher conferences
It is imperative that you be active and attends school meetings and parent-teacher conferences as much as you can. This provides a great opportunity to talk to other parents, and the teachers as well. Through this, you can continue the previous conversations that you had about your child’s future, about their progress and the problems they encounter.
Together, you can strategize and come up with a plan that would be effective for your child. Also, you get to learn about the expectations of the teacher, and their methods as well.
- Track their achievements
The child needs to learn that you are interested in the education that they are receiving and the best way to do that is to track their progress. Track how they are doing in school and faring in the tests, quizzes, etc.
Keep track of all the homework that they are assigned and see how they fare and what the feedback that is provided is. Also, keep track oftheir accomplishments and applaud them for their efforts.
- Seek help if required
It is pertinent that you askfor help, whether from peer parents, teachers or some other sources to help your child out in need. Many children fail to understand the lesson that is taught in class as each has their own capabilities and the lesson plans are generalised. So, if your child faces any problem with their studies, ask for help, if you can’t help them out.
There are various educational websites online that help such children out. They are created for the students, to make them understand in simple terms and develop efficient study habits to progress further. So, employ their help, if required.
- Deal with homework
In order to ensure that your child is receiving the proper education, you need to be aware of the homework that is assigned and deals with them on a daily basis. Many children are reluctant to do their homework.
For such cases, you need to develop effective ways to convince and get them do it, making them do their homework means that they have to study, which means that they are going to learn something along the way. It also presents them with an opportunity to practice.
- Get involved with their studies
You need to be actively involved in the education of your child. If they have a test, help them prepare for it. Ask them about school every day when they return. Ask what has been assigned and what has been taught in class. Sit with them; help them when they work on their homework. If you are working, then supervise their work when you return home.
- Support your child
Supporting your child helps your child to improve and as a result, they strive to receive abetter education. Support them through everything, failure and success. Let them know that you will be there, even if they fail. Teach them that it is ok to fail, but it is important to hard work after that. Give them all the support that they need and require at the tender age!
- Encourage them
Along with support, you need to encourage your children constantly. Encourage them to work independently and in an organized fashion so that they can get their work done efficiently. Encourage them to compete, if they want to, and encourage them to research their resources. Ask them to read and visit the library for sources and be responsible. Ask them to participate actively in class and ask questions when they have doubts.
- Monitor their distractions
One of the obstacles that come in your child and their education are distractions which can hamper their learning. So, it is imperative that you monitor their usage. If your child is a teen, then you need to monitor the use of thephone, and laptop or computer while they are studying. Restrict the time of watching TV, playing video games, etc. so that it doesn’t distract them from their goals.
- Communicate efficiently
You need to be able to communicate with your child effectively in order to find out whether the education they are receiving is appropriate or not. Between many parents and their child, there exists a big communication gap which is rarely filled up. So, ensure that you and your child are on the same page.
- Ask questions
When it comes to the education of your child, it is important that you clear all your doubts. So ask as many questions you want to clarify your doubts. Ask the teachers, their tutors and even your child any questions that you want an answer to.
So, employ these steps and ensure that your child receives that best possible education available and learns effectively.
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”