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How Can I Help My Children Learn When They Go To School


Recent research has shown a strong connection between success in school and the type of support parents can give to their children. The findings of this research emphasise a number of important things that you as parents can do to help your children to do well in school.


Your child and the school

- take an interest in your children’s progress in school
- talk to them about what happens in school
- talk to them about what they are learning
- help your children with their homework in an appropriate way


Your expectations

- have high expectations of your children but always recognize their particular strengths and weaknesses
- praise and encourage them


Stimulating children and widening their horizons

- read to your children, tell them stories, and encourage them to talk about the characters in the stories and what happens to them
- bring your children on outings, to concerts, to plays (including those presented by local amateur groups), and become involved with them in different leisure activities


Contact with the school

- have an active and helpful relationship with the school
- have regular communication with your children’s class teachers
- participate in and attend school activities.