Late last year a group of school leaders, teachers and parents from schools met. They discussed how to better promote parent engagement in learning.
For everyone at that workshop the evidence was compelling. Parent engagement in student learning at home makes a huge difference to student achievement and wellbeing. But how to make it happen consistently across all families at our schools?
Parent engagement in children’s learning at home is also not about doing their homework, however much your children might try to persuade you otherwise.
The first message about home-based learning is to be kind to yourselves – do what you can, when you can, however you can.
Try and establish a workable routine and a place where children can do their schoolwork. Talk to your children about the importance your family places on education and why it is important. Celebrate with them when they have stuck to their tasks.
“And remember when your day may be going pear-shaped that just talking to your children and answering their questions is education, letting them help you make a meal or undertake a task in the garden or workshop is education, being together as a family is education.”
Andrew McKenzie is the Manager – Governance and Engagement at Cairns Catholic Education