“Teachers have three loves: love of LEARNING, love of LEARNERS, and the love of BRINGING the first TWO LOVES together.” Scott Hayden.
Teachers are sometimes seen or referred to as superheroes because of their perseverance and dedication to children. A teacher goes to great heights to ensure that your child learns and develops academically, emotionally, and psychologically. But are teachers superheroes? NO! They are not superheroes. Teaching is a profession like all the others, and they get tired just like the other human beings! Notably, teachers don’t have a duty to save the world, do the impossible, or sacrificed their well-being for the profession they love. Don’t be wrong; every teacher’s desire and goal is to see your child excel, but here are five things they want you to know.
1. PARTNERSHIP: KEY TO EFFECTIVE LEARNING
Teachers play a significant role in the success of your child. But they benefit your child most when parents and teachers create a partnership. Involvement of parents in the education of their children begins at home. Supportive parent’s communication with their child’s teachers is vital. Parents provide a healthy and safe environment by creating an appropriate learning structure and having positive talks about school. A recent study shows that supportive parents provide a better platform for their children to succeed. Children with parent’s support are also more confident in the classroom compared to their peers. Parental consent further provides teachers with ample time to focus on the teaching task, improving student’s academic performance.
2. READING IS THE BACKBONE OF YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING
Teachers want parents to know that reading is the backbone of their child’s learning, and you can introduce it to your child from their time of birth! Every teacher desires that children get thrilled about reading, yet this can only be possible with the full involvement of their families. A parent understanding that academic success for their children begins with their ability to read at their grade level. Through reading, your child accesses the curriculum depth and improves their language and communication skills. According to the National Institute of Literacy, your child risks academic failure if not effectively read by the third grade. What’s more? Children who read for fun perform better in class, have a broader vocabulary, understand cultures better, and increase general knowledge.
3. OVERSEEING YOUR CHILD’S ACTIVITY IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Teachers want you to know that your involvement in your child’s education goes beyond the classroom. Greater participation in your children’s school activities improves their performance and confidence in class. Therefore, you should observe your child’s activity closely both at home and in school. Understand their habits and how they influence their performance. A parent should also correct and give timely advice to their children right from their early childhood learning and throughout their entire learning journey. Teachers also wish that parents ensured their children are well organized both at home and school activities and helped them overcome daily learning challenges.
4. IT’S OKAY FOR YOUR CHILD TO STRUGGLE
Every parent wants to see their children excel in school and life, but it is okay for your child to struggle to get there sometimes. Teachers want you to know that when your child struggles, it’s an opportunity to grow and exercise resiliency. A parent who takes struggle from their child doesn’t allow room to experience the growth process of life. Parents support their children out of seeing them fail but in truth by giving them a moment to exercise their emotional strength will stay with them for a lifetime. Always embrace your child’s struggle and positively guide them to pick up themselves, rectify their mistakes, develop resilience and eventually succeed!
5. FOREGOING LEARNING IN DURING SUMMER IS A NOT A GOOD IDEA!
Foregoing learning, especially among kindergarten to 2nd graders, is not a good idea. Your child absorbs a lot of learning in class but can lose those same skills learned fast if there is discontinuation or too much interruption, especially during the long summer holiday. While you don’t have to involve your child in learning during the entire summer holiday, you can continue to engage them in learning for a few hours each day. At Kids on the Yard, we offer parents innovative learning approaches and tutoring services fit for their child’s needs in summer and throughout the year. Contact us for more information.
As a parent, you must encourage and guide your child in school. Actively participating in their education and school life boosts their confidence, builds their resilience, and helps them perform better.