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Tips For Getting Involved In Your Child’s Education #LibertyBack2School

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I’ve always been of the opinion that children are more successful at school when we, as parents, are consistent, supportive and involved in our children’s education. With that in mind, I’ve partnered with Liberty #LibertyBack2School talk about my tips for being involved in my children’s education.

Read my tips, share yours! 

Develop a rapport with your child’s teacher.

I’ve always made use of our schools open door policy. When I’ve had concerns, I’ve approached my children’s teachers to discuss. This has helped in so many areas, for example, discovering that Ava was struggling with her eye sight and Hannah needed speech therapy. 

Communicate.

Our schools offer us both WhatsApp and email access to our children’s teacher and I make use of these facilities. This often gives me insight into my children’s class environment and what’s happening during their school day. Between my husband and I, we also always ensure that at the very least, one of us attends parents evening and orientation sessions. 

Support.

We want our children to know that every aspect of their education is important to us. So we attend all the school events, even if only one of us can be there, whether its the school concert, a netball tournament or a softball game, both my husband and I make an effort to be there. We are firm believers that playing makes up a really important part of our children’s learning experience.

Play.

We make play as learning a priority in our house. Whether it’s playing board games like Scrabble and Monopoly, to building puzzles together. We always make time to play. Lately, my kids have really been loving playing with these Ella & Ziggy magnetic boards and there are wide variety to choose from. Hannah loves the All About Today board, and with it, she’s learning the dates and months and even spelling of the days of the week.

Read.

We end every day with story time before the girls go to bed. Just 10 minutes of reading. Both of them love it, it’s precious time together but more importantly, it has really helped them develop a love of reading. Ava is obviously now reading at school and she reads independently at home too while Hannah is already recognizing words off a page just from time spent reading together. 

Routine.

We are strict followers of routine in our home. We wouldn’t cope with two kids if we weren’t. But I don’t believe that routine is just to make our lives as parents easier, but also it helps our children too.  Through routine, we always ensure there is enough time to finish homework and that everyone gets enough sleep so they are able to concentrate and function effectively at school the next day.

Homework.

This is a biggie for me. I never trust anyone to do my child’s homework with her. Obviously, Hannah doesn’t have homework as yet but I am so excited for Ava for her Grade 2 homework. I think in some ways it will be easier than Grade 1 because she is confident with it already. Her Grade 2 teacher has told us we are not to help them with their homework. That they are now competent enough to do it themselves, all we are required to do is ensure that it is done and that it is checked. But this year she will also start writing book reviews and if you follow my blog, you’ll understand why I am so excited about this.

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  • Reply Jacoba

    Listen, listen, LISTEN intently to anything & everything your child want to tell you – no matter what or when. If you don’t listen keenly to the little stuff when he/she is small, they won’t tell you the big stuff later on. It is important for them to feel that you really listen. Be actively interested and show support.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Michelle Laubscher

    I am a firm believer that practice makes perfect and there I encourage my children to practice and repeat all work they have done in order for them to remember and understand it. I also make my kids understand that they should do their best for themselves as their future depends on it. Currently I am trying to settle as much debt in order to put more finances towards their future educational needs

    January 22, 2018 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Kelly Jennings

    For me its getting to know the teachers! Its very important that I know who is teaching my children.
    I dont just drop and go but i get my children involved in an activity and then leave
    I make sure that their homework is done and books are always checked and get ectra books if they need help.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Ragmat baron

    Communication plays a big role, i put everything aside for a hour at night and ask how their day was, sit with them while they do their homework.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Tania Brewis (@BrewisTania)

    Ask the teacher how well your child is doing in class compared to other students. If your child is not keeping up, especially when it comes to reading, ask what you or the school can do to help. It’s important to act early before your child gets too far behind. Also be sure to review your child’s report card each time it comes out. What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Adelè Strydom

    Learning through play is very important to us. Not only is my daughter having fun, but she is taking in so much information and learning a whole lot without it being too stressful. She is only in grade 1, so we are taking things slow, but we make time every day for a little play learning. And oddly enough, when the hour or so is up, she will say “but I want to learn more” Hehehe.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Sally

    Being involved and interested is key… knowing your children’s friends and their parents is also important!

    January 22, 2018 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Open dialogue with their teachers is so important. Now that my daughter is in Grader R, preparing for big school, I am trying to pass on more responsibility to her. I’m staying involved, but also want her to learn to remember her own homework, and prepare her school bag. Trying to find a healthy balance so that we both take responsibility for her education.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Michele (@mombaking)

    Great tips, thanks Sharon! I also try to support my children as much as I can by meeting their teachers, watching them participate in sports events and talking to them daily. I have 2 daughters in High School and a 5-year-old. My oldest is in Matric this year, eeekkk! I’ve helped them prepare for tests and exams since Primary School. I would write questions and do oral tests a few days before the exams and this way it was easy to find out which topics they still needed to work on. They both did very well academically and they still do well today now that they work independently.

    January 22, 2018 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Lianda Colquhoun

    We adopting a baby this year and planning to open an education fund as soon as we have him or her in our arms,I am currently reading up loads of stuff about being a great parent and teaching them from their baby years up to school years is high priority. I think I will try and take a hands on approach and always find out what challenges they have and find the reasons to guide them to get through them. I hope to be understanding and never put pressure on them to excel in maths when they prefer art or vice versa. The key I think will be to help them but also let them find their own answer or make mistakes,it’s the only way they will learn and find their passion.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:01 am
  • Reply nasika baijnath

    I am so excited for homework as my daughter is in grade 1 this year. i communicate every other day with my daughters teacher and makes sure my daughter understands what happened in class and what she learned. i am helping her with her first project and oversee how she is doing and grasping new concepts.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Andrea bester

    For me : I try to know and have a professional relationship with my child’s teacher. Ask lots of questions to know what they need and is expected, try be involved -find out important dates for the year so we can make sports days etc , Interact with my child after school talk about her day creating a open space where she feels free to talk . Be hands on if they have homework make time for each child.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Lindsay Thomas

    Thank you for this, I’m definitely going to find time to play more with the kids – but educational games.
    Its always great to read how another Mom manages her tribe.

    January 22, 2018 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Thanks for the tips. I’m interested to know how you juggle your day with having a full time job. From your previous blog posts, I know that you pay for Cool Cabs to fetch the kids but when you say you trust nobody to do homework with Ava but you, what time do you get home to do homework with her and how do you fit in the demands of homework with dinner, bath and reading time? My son had homework every day in grade R (well, he got given it on Monday to complete by Friday, but I divided up so that he did a little bit every day to get into the routine of homework!) and it worked fine for us, but I assume that there’s more to do in grade 1…we’ll probably see from this week already. How do you squeeze it in and what do you do with Hannah while you’re busy with homework with Ava?

    January 22, 2018 at 10:56 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s taken a while to fine tune our routine, but this is what works best for us:
      I get home from work at around 4:30 then I usually have a cup of coffee and chat with my girls. Then at 5pm we migrate to the kitchen and Hannah will colour in and Ava will do her homework, which I supervise, while I pack the following days lunches and start cooking supper. By 6pm, we sit down to dinner and at 7pm my girls are in the bath. Then it’s quiet time and reading until 7:30pm everyone is in bed.

      January 22, 2018 at 11:17 am
      • Reply Jodie

        Sounds pretty much like my schedule except that I only get home at 5pm.

        January 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply nellie

    As much as this is a no brainer really reading the school report and then during orientation reading the teacher notes on the points they want to discuss. I realized with my second one that she will have a miilion and one things noted down but will only discuss what she deems important but everything is important lol.

    January 22, 2018 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Caroline

    I believe that us showing that we are interested in what they do at school also helps build their confidence and make them want to do well.
    I also believe that when they come home swearing at 7 (as has happened to me) that you shouldn’t get cross and reprimand them, but show them that it is okay to tell you things and encourage discussion about why they shouldn’t be swearing. Hopefully this will encourage them to tell me the really difficult stuff as they get older.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Gaelyn Cokayne

    I am lucky in that for the past few years I haven’t worked, so had the time to attend day and night time functions. I have always made an effort to meet her teachers face to face at the start of each year, this is huge – building a relationship with the child’s teacher at the beginning of each year makes it so much easier to communicate as the year goes on, and address any concerns as they pop up without delay. Another thing we’ve always done is invite her friends for play dates and sleep overs, and arrange meet ups with the kids and their parents too. This gave us insight into who she spends her time with, and allowed us to build a relationship with the other parents, making us feel more comfortable allowing her to go to their houses.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply nunu5

    I hate homework it takes so much of thier alread short play time away. We are strict about bed time they cant be tired for school. We also trust the teacher and our instincts and follow her recomendations. Teachign our shildren about google and always trying to find an answer even if we dont know hoping to instill the idea of research into them. Also I belive in not too much pressure in the early grades for academmic achievement. They must enjoy learning.

    January 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply flutterbymegs

    Networking can give you insight to other issues that might be going on in the school community and by getting to know the parents of your child’s friends. Maintaining contact with substitute teachers, PTA members, and regular classroom volunteers etc. By knowing that academic success leads to greater opportunities in life, we the parents should do everything we can to help our children be excellent students and excel in life.

    January 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    for me its about TIME make time for your child and listen to them. show an interest in their day by asking how it was, what did they learn, what was the best and worst part. The more time a parent can give their child the better even though the world doesn’t allow us loads of time with them just try your best to give them the most you can.

    January 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Liesel Bouwer

    I stick with my Twitter comment from last week – Get a timetable, so that nothing is forgotten i.e: P.E kit can be packed the night before or money for bakerman etc is not forgotten or a swimming gala etc
    It is also very important to get involved in your childrens homework, see what they are learning, help them if they need it and that way you will be able to see where they are struggling or what they are not understanding, as this is sometimes not picked up easily at school #LibertyBack2School

    January 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Candice Boshoff

    Show your children that you love and value learning. Create a reward system for achieving their own education goals. Strive to instill the value of reading. Lastly, help your child with extra classes if they are struggling with a specific subject.

    January 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Alet

    One thing I only started doing with Logan in last year, but I can honestly say, it has made a huge impact on out lives, is teaching him to use his executive functions. As a mom of an ADHD child, fine tuning the executive functions that he has almost mastered and working towards success in the other functions is key!

    January 22, 2018 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Thandie Phakati

    I really try to make sure that learning is fun for my twin boys. We sing and dance a lot and I have always been goofy and this makes it so much easier. Listening to them also teaches them to listen to me and patience (which is sometimes scarce) plays a big role in their learning process.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Tracey Michau

    We are very much looking forward to homeschooling our daughter.

    January 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Janel Sunderlall

    My little girl started Grade R this year and i definitely plan to be involved as i want to see my child excel and be the best that she can and also to ensure that the school continues being a success not only for my kids but those to who will attend in the future. I definitely plan to be on the governing board and volunteer my time for anything that the school needs to be done.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Sofiah

    Spending real time with your children daily, they began to learn at home, giving them a good foundation at home by reading and teaching from from a very young age, when they are toddlers and working together with teachers and not placing all the responsibility for your child’s education into the teacher.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Definitely read read read! Also education is so much more than just the raw facts of life, so much of being involved in educating our children is the values, morals and ethics we as moms get to write upon their hearts. Mould them and shape them by how you live your own life, as those little eyes are also watching and those ears are always listening! Take them for walks and tell them stories of the things you know. Have FUN! I’ve just taken the plunge and am homeschooling my children this year, I am loving it so far as are they. I want to encourage any moms who are thinking of doing it, but who may feel afraid, you can do it! What a privilege it is to instill so much without any ceilings!

    January 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Soraya asmal

    Be actively involved in every step if your kids education. Listen, be attentive and always focus. Be in touch with your kids educators. Have a roster and mark all important facts down so you’re on top of things.

    January 22, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Sanine Manuel

    Kids love to read even if they can’t,i think its best to place your child as early as possible into an library.

    January 22, 2018 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Irfaan

    I love reading and I’m hoping my kids will also love reading, I buy them a lot of books and encourage reading.

    January 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply stephanie videira

    Love reading everyone’s tips – my top tip is my daughter only stared grade RR this year but they still get a report on what teacher thinks needs practicing eg hand/eye coordination etc so practice makes perfect we have got those books called Kindergarten activities which my daughter loves to do also reading before bedtime has been a big help with my daughters speech ( we also where doing speech therapy as her speech was delayed )

    January 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Alvina pillay

    Listen to your child as busy as you are your child comes first Help with homework make it your priority your child may not be comfortable taking to their teacher and asking questions but will be comfortable with you You can make a huge difference

    January 22, 2018 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Judy Padayachee

    Thanks for the great tips. Always be a hands on parent and tell them whatever the situation they face you will always be there for them.

    January 23, 2018 at 2:06 am
  • Reply Dané Benn

    My eldest just started 000 in a new school, and we have a mini “debriefing” every night when I put her to bed, where I ask her pointed questions about her day

    January 23, 2018 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Olivia

    Ask them everyday how their day was. You can pick up signs that something may be wrong or bothering them by asking them this simple question…

    January 23, 2018 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Bongiwe Ndimande-Mbhele

    It is important for us (me and hubby) to communicate with our daughter to know from her what she understands and what she feels she doesn’t understand and help her where we can. Secondly, communicate with her teacher as well on how she is doing in class and how we can help. Luckily for us my husband is a teacher so he is aware of the challenges that kids face at school. We encourage reading and writing at home so she learns as she does these activities.

    January 23, 2018 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Fatima Moolla

    All of these points are so important. My son is in preschool and I’m also a firm believer in learning through play, especially when they’re little. Also, the quickest way for them you pick things up is through repetition. It’s amazing how quickly they pick things up just by reiterating only a few times

    January 23, 2018 at 8:16 am
  • Reply princessaniegmailcom

    As my children have grown up, it’s moved from playing games around their school work, to them teaching me what they have learned that day. It helps me to get a clear idea about what they excel at and what needs a bit of work. Homework is actually family time. While the parents cook, clean and get things ready, the children are in the same room and able to call on us for help.

    January 23, 2018 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Elize Swanepoel

    My little boy is only 19 months old now, but I always make sure that I communicate on a regular basis with his daycare. I ask him every day how his day was. I try to teach him while playing. I repeat the same phrases or words when referring to certain objects or animals. And we can count to three together already. We spend a lot of time outdoors because he loves playing outside and exploring. When he picks up little sticks, leaves or flowers and bring it to me, I make a big fuss and tell him what he has brought to me. He loves to watch me while I’m cooking, so I always explain to him exactly what I’m doing. He seems to enjoy it because he always comes back for more lessons :-). Communication is key when it comes to what is best for my child, whether at school or home.

    January 23, 2018 at 9:53 am
  • Reply karabo

    We play games daily and build puzzles a lot with my 5 year old. with my 2 year old we do a lot of floor time to build towers and stacking things up. every evening we do reading as a family and one has to explain what the think the story is all about.

    January 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Nadine Sabor

    Firstly, I should mention that I am not a biological mother, but I am a girlfriend, ‘hands on’ mom to my boyfriend of 4 years son, who is 12. For me, what works is to PAY ATTENTION. My mom and dad did it with us, thats me and my twin brother, and we excelled at school. Straight A`s in primary school and somewhat averaged and above in secondary school. Yes, paying attention is number one to me when it comes to a child and his or her education. Firstly, daily go thru the school books, sign homework, help with homework, be IN THE KNOW with what’s going on in his or her school career. Secondly, by paying attention, you will figure out, which subjects need more attention, and thus you could look around for extra classes, go to the library, read more, do more extra projects for credit, and in this way, build up your child’s self esteem/knowledge when it comes to subjects that they aren’t as well in. And thirdly, by paying attention, your child becomes familiar with mom/daddy or both – being interested thus he/she would know, I need to put in extra effort, cause at the end of the day, my mom/dad will be proud of me doing good in my subjects and would in return deliver only their best. If not their best, as a parent you could go on and help them become better then. Love all the tips by the way. For me its all interesting and of great knowledge, knowing that I am helping to raise and stand in as a mom, but also knowing that one day in the future, I can have my own biological child and be an even greater hands on mom!

    January 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Jackie Naidoo

    For me it would be,firstly would my child be happy, comfortable and safe in the school I chose for him, Financially can I afford to send my child to the school I chose and did I plan and save enough for his future. #LibertyBack2School

    January 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply tiffany

    Cheack your child homework daily even if the aftercare has done it, be involved in your childs school attend all meetings and READ all notices,you dont want to missout on something that has been communicated. If there is any issues raised by after care or school take note your child may be needing attention/medication or extra help which you wont notice unless put in that circumstance

    January 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Karen

    It really is abouut knowing the teachers and the other parents. Even though my chap is only in play school for now it really does help to have the whatsapp chat for the class a d it gets us all involved and all the parents know each other. Sometimes another parent will notice something that you might not have noticed.

    January 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Fiona

    What has helped us immensely with Zoe who initially had very little hearing 2 years ago was working closely with her Grade 1 teacher, getting her passionate about reading and problem solving (which also included playing Minecraft with her older brother). That year she went from below average to top 10 out of 260 students in her year. The removal of her adenoids and tonsils definitely contributed too and her hearing improved greatly.

    One other thing I can recommend for older children is an app called hotdogs. It’s helped my son go from an average high school mark of 50 % for Maths to over 70 % in one term.

    January 23, 2018 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Moipone Islam

    Listening to my child has given me an idea of what kind of career she might go into. Every week is something new.

    January 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Jeannette Wentzel

    I spend lots of time in traffic with my child during the school run and I have put some of her readers in the car for her to read for me while we drive. That way she does not get too bored during the (LONG) school run and I can stay involved in her education and learning.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply BethN

    I try to develop good relations with my kids teachers and friends. Also spending sometime alone with them each day to see how their day went or what they doing helps keeps you in the loop of things.

    January 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Sarah-jane

    Ask your child about their concerns. I feel communication is key when it comes to involvement. Also discuss these at parent teacher meetings so that everything is clear. Don’t be shy to ask the teacher questions or about things that are bothering you.

    January 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Shantel Moodley

    I send a note book to after care , the teacher can advise me which areas that my kid is falling behind or should I be advised on any other aspects of my child’s development .

    January 23, 2018 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Bianca Bradfield

    I try and make sure that they have enough sleep and good food packed in to their lunch. My son has sensory issues and he needs specific snacks to help him cope and if he is too tired, it all flies out the window. I am always there for very activity too

    January 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Chris Naicker

    To make a time table and follow,be a consistent worker from the beggining and encourage your child and make them feel comfortable ,low when to draw the line between work and play.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Ronnae Elliott

    I do as much educational activities with her as possible, even buy toys that are educational to incorporate it into playtime.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Carolyn Augustus

    Listen and engage, communication is key. Learning through play is very beneficial for kids, when they enjoy what they do, they tend to learn better and quicker.

    January 24, 2018 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Charlene Bhana

    I homeschool my little one, so I’m pretty much as involved as I can be haha. 🙂
    Public, private, or homeschool, my advice would be to show a genuine interest in what they’re learning, by listening when they talk excitedly about how they learned something new, and being there with them when there’s homework to be done. I also love that you mentioned play as one of your tips, because it’s one of my best tips too – they already have a huge workload for people who are still so little (don’t you think it’s a lot more than we were were kids?), so it’s important that they spend time just being kids and playing. And even when they’re having fun, they’re learning too.

    January 24, 2018 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Charlene Bhana

      That was supposed to read “a lot more than when we were kids”

      January 24, 2018 at 10:13 am
  • Reply hopefulltreasures

    My Noah is in play group, and even though he is still so young, I want to start being actively involved even from now. I pride myself on being on top of his little notebook with all the necessary notices etc. It gets checked immediately once we are home, and filled out etc. My husband and I also both strive to attend any and all functions. We want to start in the same way we want to finish – being actively involved, even from play group. I hope that makes sense! Megan xx

    January 24, 2018 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Gary Laight (@cuzzi_ga)

    We also try to maintain a routine. It doesn’t always work but we try our best as children need boundaries & set sleep, eating & activity times are a big part of setting boundaries. Most weekday evenings we sit down to dinner together around the table at around 6:30pm. We normally discuss what happened during the course of the day. Each child has a chance to share. Bedtime is around 7:30pm & I’ll tell my kids that it’s time to brush teeth, etc. I normally say prayers with them & the lights go out around 8pm.

    January 24, 2018 at 11:32 am
  • Reply lindasjournal

    Getting the kids (and yourself) into a routine is number 1 for me! Without routine we all fall apart :).

    January 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Ayesha

    Setting aside that extra time daily to do homework with the kids, makes a huge difference.

    January 24, 2018 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Peter

    As parents we should model behaviour that we would like our children to pick up, gone are the days of being told “Do as I say and not as I do”.

    One of the best behaviours I think is to show that it is good to become involved in things. So we try and involve ourselves in the school activities (camp outs, food fairs etc.) It’s a great way to contribute to the school spirit and show a good work ethic.

    January 25, 2018 at 11:34 am
  • Reply lynn botha

    Thanks for the great tips 🙂 I find it so difficult to spend enough time on homework etc. I get home after 5.. once dinner is sorted etc. etc. we fit homework in. Thankfully my kids are in a great aftercare that actually supervise homework.. My daughter is in Grade 2 and homework is apparently going to be loads.. my son is in Grade 1 and I’m going to have to make more time.. luckily it helps that I’ve just been through grade 1 last year with the same teacher so I know what her expectations are and we have a good relationship. My kids are sleeping by 7h:30. Routine is definitely key.

    January 25, 2018 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Riétte

    Don’t say negative things about school and teachers to your children. It is so much easier to get their cooperation when they see you being positive. Partner with the teachers. They will spend many hours with your children observing them in situations that you can’t. Get feedback whenever you can.

    January 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Tami

    Get involved in the school if you can. You will be in touch with new changes in policy and won’t be the last to know. More important than that is to listen to your child. Not just what they say but what they don’t say. Their silence or reluctance to share can be a warning sign. Trust your gut.

    January 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Jacqueline Engelbrecht

    These are all such amazing tips. As a first time Grade 1 mom ill definitely use them.
    As a high school teacher my best advice is dont stop, don’t assume they are now big enough. They will always need your interest and your support . Even if they tell you differently. Maintain that involvement in their school career. High school is such a formative time in their lives.

    January 27, 2018 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Sandika Daya

    For now, my tip is being involved. It’s so hard and I really wonder how other parents make time for work, school, play and education.

    January 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Shan

    I also think being involved is key! I’m trying my best this year to make it possible. I’ve gotten more involved in my daughter’s school.

    January 28, 2018 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Sophia Junaid

    My daughter is in grade 2 and everyday I do her homework with her. I listen to her and try to be there for her always. I do tell her that she can do anything if she trys.

    January 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Jenni Lawrence

    We use Worksheet Cloud to make sure we are on track of the subjects at school. Easy to do the online tests and see if there are gaps!

    January 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Jaylene

    My 14 year old step daughter moved in with us last and getting her into these habits. In her previous household rules were basically non-existent. Getting her into these habits while she asks ‘why didn’t I have to do this at home?’…it ain’t easy. Especially when you’re trying hard not to bad mouth the other parent’s ways…not to mention the terrible teens…

    January 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Brenda Fernandes

    #LibertyBack2School

    January 28, 2018 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Anusha Naidoo

    Thank you for the Tips and a wonderful post. I am single mom and its not easy playing two roles and having a endless list of responsibilities, however I know the importance of education and I take a active interest , I ensure that she is focused, always encouraging, motivating her, and making time daily no matter how exhausted to chat, assist and educate her it’s not just a teachers role as a parent I need to also be actively involved and be there for her every step of the way in her journey through educational success

    January 29, 2018 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Carryn P

    My child loves to read but I encourage him to read more and Broaden his literary horizons with both fiction and nonfiction reading.
    I ensure that his room and desk and uncluttered to ensure a calm workspace and place to play.
    We keep open communication with his teacher so that we know if there are any issues in his schoolwork we should know about.
    Before he does his homework every day, I encourage him to do some exercise like jumping on the trampoline so that he can get rid of excess energy and be able to concentrate on his schoolwork.
    I make sure that he has enough to drink everyday and healthy meals so that his concentration does not suffer.

    January 29, 2018 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Caryn Step

    I’m class Mom again this year. I know most people complain about the duties etc, but I actually think it’s great. It’s given me the opportunity to get to know the teachers better. I also prefer to be involved in all my daughters homework. I keep a close eye on it, and give her little quick spelling tests every now and then. I try to make this fun for her, and to go at her own pace.

    January 29, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply catjuggles

    Routine is so important – it makes all the difference

    January 29, 2018 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Romaine

    Love this post me being able to give my kids opportunities with Education that I did not have means so much to me. I believe structure and routine is so important however outside play and kids being able to be kids is of the utmost importance.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:12 am
  • Reply SANDY Maharajh

    What works my kids.& I is making homework fun & proactive..so that remembering facts becomes simple. I also schedule time with their teacher to receive feedback on classroom activity & behaviour. Being an active parent is vital to your childs well-being

    January 29, 2018 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Julie Ann Kreusch

    Having a regular, daily routine, which would ideally include:
    A time and place to study
    Household chores and responsibilities
    Getting to bed on time and getting a good night’s sleep. I love letting my children make there own decisions they are not always right but i will help them and guide them in the right direction. They are all unique and different and i love to see them been able to make decisions.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Jessie Mckay

    I talk to Aiden a lot, about how he is feeling and what he is scared of and what he feels he isn’t strong in and then I help build his confidence. I try my hardest to attend everything I can and if I can’t I always find fill in family members so that he never feels he is alone in this.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Gabi

    Ask how they day went , what they enjoyed the most , who did they play with , etc . And then just listen, really listen

    January 29, 2018 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Adeline Pillay

    Assisting & being there in the learning process is so important

    January 29, 2018 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Justine Burgess

    I have always read books to my son since he was a baby. We joined the local library, and we choose books for him together. Now he reads the stories to me. He is now 8 years old, and a very good speller! He goes to Aftercare every afternoon, and they do homework with him, but I repeat everything with him early evening to show my interest, and to make me aware of what level he is at, and to help as much as possible. I refer to the weekly on-line newsletter to keep abreast of all the latest sports news etc. It is so important to be involved with your child’s education every step of the way!

    January 29, 2018 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Dhesh

    I like to read stories before bedtime – one of the few times my little one actually listens to every word I say! I encourage him to ask questions and he is developing quite an imagination.

    January 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Dr Craig Campbell

    From a very early age, make books a treat and an adventure. I used to make an elaborate tea with dainty sandwiches and little cakes or fancy cut fruit and get really excited about reading a book together. It was a precious ritual. Even when my daughter could read fluently we still did this. Sit side by side and run your finger under the words so your kids can see the words and follow along. Occasionally stop and ask a question to test understanding and vocabulary but only as long as it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the story! And be an enthusiastic reader yourself – your kids want to do what they see you obviously enjoying.

    January 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Faeza Basardien

    Communication. Communicate with your child on everything whether it be big or small. Always listen to them attentively no matter how silly it sounds. Make learning fun for them. I make up songs about the work they doing. I rhyme with words. I also make up games and give rewards to them. I encourage them to always do their best. I encourage team work and attentiveness. I read stories to my kids and give each of them a turn to read while we all are listening. Both my son’s are very shy so I encourage them to ask questions if they don’t understand or ask questions just to challenge. I tell them a shy person can never learn. I sit with them while they doing their homework I don’t help them with it but if they don’t understand it I get them to recall how their teacher explained it to them and let them explain it to me as I pretend to not know whats going on. I communicate with the teachers and if they are lacking somewhere me and the teacher try to get a solution to help them with their problem.. Having an understanding and working hand in hand with the teachers is very good for you and your child / children. That way you will always be up to date with their progress or problematic areas.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Cathy Badenhorst

    Keep an open line of communication not only with your child but with the principal and your child’s teachers. In primary school I taught my child to be responsible from an early age and by the time she reached Grade 5 she was quite capable of doing her school projects on her own with very little input from me. Be aware of any changes in your child’s behaviour/moods as they may be subjected to bullying or other peer pressures. Try and make the time to attend school plays/concerts as sports events they may be involved in….difficult when both parents work and even more difficult for me as a single parent but I was thankful that I had a really understanding boss.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Daniela

    Definitely have a routine for your kids when it comes to homework, have a designated space for them to work away from the TV, put up a notice/chalk/whiteboard where they can write down their homework tasks and sports activities for easy reference. Take an interest in the school and get to know the teachers without being a “helicopter parent”.

    January 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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