Written by Mr Doug Holtam
As the saying goes, “it takes a village to educate a child”. Freshwater Christian College is a learning community, a ‘village’ of learners comprising students, staff and parents; I have four grown-up children and still very much have my parent ‘L’ Plates on. We work and learn together in a partnership with the aim of developing the God-given talents and gifting of a generation of young people, in order that they are equipped and empowered to take their place in the community and live meaningful lives.
Parents play a critical role in the educative processes of their children, with the potential to provide a highly supportive link between a child’s home and school life. There is a range of research supporting the vital role that parents play in the education of the children; below are five suggestions that you may find helpful drawn from education research (derived from a recent Independent Schools Queensland publication):
5 ways parents can support a child’s education
- Read together. When your child is young, reading to them boosts their literacy skills. It remains important in the primary school years as well, as it fosters an enjoyment of reading and builds their confidence. But don’t stop there! If your teenage child observes the adults in their life reading for pleasure, it encourages a life-long love of books and learning.
- Have lots of conversations with your child! Talk with them about what they are learning, what they are interested in and what’s going on in the world around them. Sharing family stories and reminiscing about family members and family times is also beneficial.
- Have high (but realistic) expectations and aspirations for your child. Believing in your child and their abilities will help form a child’s beliefs about what they can achieve at school and beyond.
- Creating a positive and productive environment for your child to complete their homework. Create an appropriate space for them to work, keep interactions and conversations about homework positive and ensure any rules about homework match the school’s expectations.
- Immerse your child in a cognitively stimulating environment. This means exposing your child to lots of interesting activities and experiences: visit museums, art galleries, surround them with books and other interesting material at home and expose them to cultural and community activities
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
The Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network website has a range of useful material. Below is a link that you may find helpful.