Educate Your Child at Home

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Jim McDougall cc by Flickr
Jim McDougall cc by Flickr

There are no classroom chairs, chalks, chalk boards, poster boards, or laminated bathroom passes and yet education begins at home.  It is an important revelation that will help empower parents.  It is a revelation to embrace to boost the education of any child. 

Early education: It matters not how old a child, it is imperative to stress the importance of a good education. The fetus learns when mother or father speaks and reads to it daily. The early stages of a child’s development are ripe for the academic world. No, they do not learn core curriculum subjects but at home they learn the English language-the parents’ native language-they learn to explore and appreciate their environment. That is if you allow them to, if you allow them to explore in a loving safe environment. If when they point to something you tell them what it is and when possible show them how it works.

Foundation learning: When they finally are in the classroom, kindergarten through 8th grade, are the foundation stages for a successful high school and college student. It is at these levels that parent most not become complacent. Complacency is harmful.  Hence, proactive parents should understand that children are at times at the mercy of adults and consequently teachers. Therefore, parents be attentive to what goes on in your child’s school. When was the last time you visited your child’s classroom?

Classroom sit-in: When you sit in a classroom you begin to appreciate the importance of discipline. Students that are not taught discipline at home are unable to focus. They are disruptive and can slow down or halt the classroom learning process.

Volunteer for education: As you sit in the classroom and volunteer in the school observe what students are learning. Talk to the teachers about the core curriculum and if not satisfied realize that parents are the best advocate of children. Join the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) or Organization (PTO). Join educational organizations that work to improve your community and school’s education.

Influence of television and video game: Children learn at home the value of television or video games. Every time you put your child in front of a television, in whatever capacity, you allow them to assimilate the principles and values of what flashes across the screen.  Consequently, don’t be surprise when they begin to act out what they see or that they have low attention span.

Motivating learning: Great expectation is a good motivator for your child’s education.  Push your child do not shove, to a higher test score. Demand do not criticize your child to improve class work. These approaches teach your child how to set positive goals and hard work teaches him or her how to meet them.

Would you like your child to have a good education? The response to this question will not always be yes. Certainly there will be parents who will not recognize the potency of their role and consequently who will not care. But for those that do, they should function within this pansophy: education starts at home.  Children learn at home first and act it out in the classrooms second.