Parents' role in child's education
Parents’ encouragement, help, and support for the homework and also their involvement, constitutes the basic basis for child education. Researches show that building a relationship between parents and schools in order to support the children, leads to improved learning outcomes. Parents are the first teachers and those who continue to educate the children out of school. Although the parent's role in child education evolves during child growth, one thing remains always: parents are role models to the children. Parents’ attitude toward education can inspire and show children how to take responsibility throughout their educational path.
Some advice for parents:
- Be a role model for learning
When children are young, their parents are their first teachers. They explore nature, read, cook, and count together. When children start primary school, the parents’ duty is to show them how the school can expand their knowledge and improve what they have learned so far. Through guiding and reminding, parents help children to organize the time and they support their wishes to learn new things inside and outside of school.
- Pay attention to the things your child like
One of the most important things parents can do is to pay attention to their children. To know if the child is shy, or what is he interested in, etc. Ph.D. Dalton Miller-Jones recommends that you should allow your child to tell you the way he/she wants to learn.
- Exercise homework together with your child
Most teachers encourage parents to exercise lessons learned in school with their children, in order for them to improve if they need additional teaching. This does not mean to prepare the children to be the best in school, but it means to be more interested and committed in the difficult homework like calculation with bigger numbers, multiplication table, letter learning etc.
- Help your child to take responsibility for his/her learning
Dalton Miller-Jones says “We want to keep children in charge of their learning and become responsible for it. We want them to be responsible for their successes and failures, show them how engaging learning is, and that the motivations for learning should be the child’s intrinsic interests, not an external reward”.
Researches have shown that parents’ involvement in children’s education has a big impact in them, like for example, better grades, enrolment in higher level programs, lower dropout rates, higher chances to graduate, a likelihood to continue higher education etc.
In addition to achievements in education, parents’ involvement in children’s education has these advantages: they show better social skills, better behavior, easier adaption to school, greater commitment in school and are more aware of the importance of education.