Studies show that children do better in school when their parents are more involved.
Not sure where to start? Here are 4 suggestions to keep in mind from pros who know.
“Reading is a proven method of learning, so the habit of reading is the foundation for academic success. Reading is the best way to do well in any language subject. [And] storybooks are a great tool for teaching our children about values and morals. Reading together facilitates a discussion between the parent and the child. This enables the parent to help the child, as well as strengthen their bond.” – Jenny Yeo, principal, Kheng Cheng School, Radin Mas Primary School and South View Primary School
“Parents play an essential part of a child’s educational experience, therefore it is important to develop a partnership – with open communication – with your child’s teachers. Find out how your child is doing in school by attending parent-teacher conferences. Develop a shared value of the importance of education by actively encouraging any school tasks (e.g., homework, reading, project work), while developing a sense of responsibility for your child to complete his or her tasks independently. Talk and listen to your child daily about his or her success as well as any challenges he or she may have had, to show your interest in what is happening at school.” – Clare Johnstone, Upper Elementary School Principal, and Elena De La Rosa, Lower Elementary School Principal, Stamford American International School
“The world is changing at a breakneck speed, and we urge parents to think about educating children for the 22nd century. To be successful in the unknown future, academic knowledge alone is not sufficient. Creativity, empathy, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are hard to nurture but absolutely essential for the future.” – Lisamarie Hughes, Principal, EtonHouse International School, Sentosa
“It is completely understandable when parents feel worried about their child’s academic performance, but transferring this worry to the child is not helpful. Instead, it is better to understand that all children develop abilities at a unique pace. As such, do not hold your child to arbitrary standards of what it means to do well in school. Set small achievable milestones and measure progress according to them. This helps your child build confidence.” – Spokesperson, GESS
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder Kids Vol. 22
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