Make this season great, as you build the home-school connection that will excite your child and make this a successful school year. When you get a minute to ask your child that notorious question: “What did you do at school today?”, the usual answer may be “fine” or “nothing.” This makes it difficult to find out what your child is really learning about each day while at school.
As a parent, you have done your research and homework. You have chosen the best childcare to lay the groundwork for your child. All you want is the finest care and quality education. Your role as a parent in your child’s academics is an essential part of the learning process, because you are supporting the learning that happens in school at home. Family and parental involvement help extend teaching beyond the classroom; it fosters a positive experience for children and helps children perform better when they are in school.
Learning to communicate effectively with your child is a skill, and it can be challenging at the end of a long day. Conversations with your child about what they learned at school will improve their vocabulary, communication skills, and cognitive thinking. Showing them you value what they say will increase their confidence and self-esteem. Here are some tips to keep in mind when talking to your child about their day at school:
- The way you ask your child questions about school matters. Ask open-ended questions instead of questions that can be answered with yes or no. You might try:
- What did you build in the block center today?
- What songs did you sing today?
- What was your favorite part of the day?
- The more details you know about your child’s schedule, monthly theme, and letter of the week, the more valuable your questions will be. Take note when you visit the classroom of new things you may want to discuss with your child later.
Here at The Learning Experience we provide families with numerous tools and resources that enhance your child’s learning, as well as strengthen the home to school connection. Our LEAP journals, workbooks, and Fun with Phonics readers are just some of the resources we provide for families to support their children’s learning. Monthly calendars are sent home at the beginning of each month to inform parents of themes and concepts being taught. Take the time to review the calendar and ask your child about their learning experiences, based on what they are learning. Children get to bring their enrichment kits home after each 12-week session, so that they can share what they have learned with their parents and continue to use the resources in the comfort of their own home.
Family involvement in a child’s education can extend the experiences that a child has in the classroom to real world activities in the home. A parent who understands what their child is working on at school has a better sense of their child’s competency, in addition to being aware of what areas they can better support their child so that they can continue to improve confidence and ability. Stay involved in your child’s learning to make this year the best it can be!