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I remember growing up. Back then, my parents weren’t really educated. However, they love education and they know the importance of good education. So, they encouraged us a lot to study hard. Most times, they regulated our involvement in excessive plays and made us study extra hours even though they could not personally assist us with the academic works.
My parents’ consistent push and encouragement was and is still of great help.
Dealing with children and students is a combination of fun and frustration.
In the course of my career as a teacher, I interact with different students with diverse learning abilities and capabilities.
However, one common factor is the effect of an effective follow up from home.
The home front plays a very crucial role in students’ academic performance.
A lot of times, parents and guardians point fingers at the teachers when their children and wards aren’t performing optimally. On the other hand, teachers also express disappointment and frustration whenever they notice an obvious lack of follow-up from home on a student. I can relate with both scenarios because I am both a parent and a teacher.
Optimal academic performance of students is a perfect blend of combined effort from both the school and the home front. Parents and guardians are as responsible as the teachers when it comes to students’ academic performance.
As a parent/guardian, you don’t need to know it all or even be a professional teacher before you can help/guide your child/ward in their homework/academic work.
Here are some ways you can be of great help:
- Interaction: Ask your children/ward about the activities that happen at school each day if possible and discuss some of such activities. This is a great bonding platform for you both. In addition to bonding with your children, you also get to know some of the things they do in school.
- Ask your children about any homework/assignment they came home with and encourage them to do the homework independently.
- Encourage your children to read through and study the related school work before attempting the homework.
- Guide/assist them in doing the homework if they cannot do it independently. Don’t just do the homework for them. Rather, carry them along in the guidance so that they can do similar work independently with little or no assistance next time.
- For situations where they were able to do the homework independently, go through the finished homework to check for any possible major mistakes and give guidance where you can.
- Make some educational materials available for them at home. These include: dictionary, story books, relevant textbooks, internet services (with parental control), tablets/iPad with relevant educational programs, educational/brain building games, etc.
- Engage the services of a professional home tutor/teacher: This is good for all, but most relevant for students/pupils that have some obvious foundational academic issues/challenges. Such students/pupils find it difficult to cope well in the general class. However, extra effort from the home helps to further argument the teachers’ efforts at school.