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Five ways to help your child learn

10 February
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Michael Grose

New research from the Australian Council for Educational Research has found that students hook onto the notion of going to university in primary school. While I’m not advocating that school success necessarily equates to a tertiary education, this study shows how early children establish their own educational goals and expectations.

If a successful school journey starts at home then what are the most important steps for bringing out the best in your child? Here are five ideas to help your kids become great learners:

1. Become involved and interested in your child’s pre-school or school life: One of the predictors for children’s success at school is their parents’ level of engagement in their school. You can become engaged by attending school meetings & functions, reading newsletters, forming a relationship with your child’s teacher and supporting school activities at home.

2. Read with your children: As literacy holds the key to almost all learning the single most important, practical thing you can do to assist your child as a learner is to establish a reading household where kids see you reading; kids are read to; and kids read.

3. Take a real interest in learning: You want your kids to be life-long learners as they will need to keep learning well after they’ve left school. Foster learning and curiosity by asking interesting questions, holding conversations, taking them to interesting places, and modelling by learning new things yourself.

4. Build self-confidence: Kids with well-developed independence, social skills, organisational skills and resilience will thrive in the classroom. Shape the emotional environment for your kids to their maximise success by treating their mistakes as learning opportunities, giving them plenty of positive feedback and helping them identify what they’re good at.

5. Create a home study space & a routine: When kids start school make sure you establish a place to hear them read and also a time for reading. These space & routine concepts will change over time as kids develop different interests and their homework demands expand but it really helps to be thinking about them early in your child’s learning life.
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