Become an Advocate for your Childs Education

It is our duty when we bring children into the world to provide them with the tools to reach their maximum potential. Our responsibility doesn’t end when they reach school age and if anything, it is this time when we need to increase our parenting presence.

Becoming an advocate for your children’s education begins from birth and ends when they have completed school. Becoming involved and not relying on the school system to wholly educate our children, is the key to ensuring our children and our schools are used to their maximum potential to ensure success.

When a child knows and understands that they have the support of their family, they will succeed in anything they do.

Here are some ways you can become an advocate for your children’s education.

EARLY LEARNING

From the moment your children are born they begin learning. They learn to breath outside the womb, roll and then crawl to eventually stand and walk and run. They learn to talk, they learn emotions and they learn fundamental knowledge through songs, dance and play.

In the modern era we are bombarded with educational toys and items that are useful to encourage children’s learning. But the most basic tool a parent can do to encourage this learning is through interaction, talking and reading. Talk to your children, play with your children and encourage a love of books and stories through reading and play-acting.

No matter what social background we come from and our financial situations, there are many activities we can do with our children to encourage learning. These range in music classes, reading groups at the library and to eventual enrolment in kindergarten.

Have a look into early numeracy and literacy programs that may be available in your area. I currently have my son enrolled in a program called “Little Learners Letterland” which encourages literacy skills for children aged 3-4. This is not intended to make him a brainchild, but it’s designed to give him early learning skills essential for when he begins primary school.

PLANNING EDUCATION

When you first begin thinking about your child’s eventual education, you will need to investigate kindergartens, primary schools and high schools. As a parent you should always arrange an interview at the school or kinder to make sure they are suited to your child and their needs.

Sit down and write down your goals for your children’s education. Would you like them to learn a language? Would you like a school that has a great sense of community? Is public or private education suitable? Can you afford their education? What financial plans can I put into motion now to afford my child’s education?

Many of us receive a parenting payment from the government once we have children. Use this money to invest in your child’s future education by depositing it into an education fund or using it to pay for educational purposes.

KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten is not designed as a sitting service for parents. This is the first experience your children will have with formal learning and it needs to be an experience that is enjoyable to create a positive impression.

Look for a kinder that will meet your children’s needs while at the same time providing them with an environment conducive for learning and play.
Discuss the kinder policies and learning timetables with the teacher and always remain in contact with the teacher.

GIVE YOUR CHILDREN THE TOOLS FOR LEARNING

From babies to high school aged children, they will require tools to help them learn. Young children now have great computer or video games available that encourage learning. Purchase books or learning toys such as the Leapfrog Leappad to encourage reading and writing skills.

Give your children pens, pencils and paper to encourage imagination and story writing.

If your primary school or high school child is having problems in certain areas of learning, purchase on-line courses or a tutor to help them.

~Timetables and Effective Time Management

Sit down and work out an effective timetable for homework and free play.

~Organizational Skills

Teach your children how to organize their books, their folders and their workspace for maximum success.

BECOME INVOLVED

Your children should not have to rely on the school and teachers to provide them with all their learning skills. Sit down and read with your children, talk to them about what they’re learning and become involved with their homework.

For elementary and high school aged children, take them to museums, art galleries or zoos to enhance what they’re currently learning. Read the books your children have been assigned and discuss the topics within with them. Debate about issues in the press and issues that are being discussed at school.

It’s also important to become involved with your child’s learning by communicating with their educators. Don’t rely on mid year and end year results and reports, obtain a teachers email address or use an in-school communication diary to communicate issues with the teacher. You can also make an appointment with your children’s teachers to air any concerns or to discuss your children’s educational needs.

As a parent we shouldn’t rely on the education system to wholly educate our children. By working together, using and obtaining the right tools and recognizing problems our children may be having with certain subjects will ensure you are an advocate for their education.