As a parent, you wear a thousand hats to your child. At home, your child is influenced by your actions, behaviours, and beliefs. Your encouragement and love will help cultivate curiosity, confidence, and a healthy attitude towards learning new things—for life. And when they get to school, they’ll bring everything they’ve learned into a classroom—to the tune of about 200 days a year.
As your child grows and more time accumulates in the classroom, it’s important to stay involved in their learning. Ongoing engagement with teachers is important, but your day-to-day interest in what they do—and how they do it—will continue to shape their educational journey.
Studies show that parent engagement is the single, best predictor of how your child will do academically. So how do you bridge the gap between school and home? How do you cultivate healthy interactions that continue to teach your child about the things that matter?
When your child is at home, take the time to ask questions about their learning. Try not to focus on results or their “abilities.” Instead, ask questions that show your care for the perseverance they display. Below are some ways you can ask your child about school.