With many students completing their first weeks back at school, it doesn’t take long to be able to get back in to the swing of things and settle down to some learning.
My 4 year old recently started primary school and it amazes me how quickly she appears to have taken to it. They quickly learn the rules of the school and start to be given more responsibility almost instantly. It doesn’t take long to get in to the habit of listening to your child read every night, making sure that you always check their bag for school letters and double checking that they have come home with everything they went with that morning.
Organisation is key in schools for students, teachers and parents and if they all work together, it can make the time enjoyable for everyone.
Many parents worry about how their child will adapt to school life, but it doesn’t take long for them to settle in and very often they appear to grow up overnight.
Of course much of a child’s education is done in schools, but you may be surprised as to how much impact education taught at home can have on a child’s learning.
Children are learning from the day they are born (and even before in the womb) but as they get nearer school age, they start to develop certain skills and tis is often when they pick up a basic knowledge of reading and writing.
Reading and writing skills can be helped by reading books with your child at home. Even from an early age, before they can understand many of the words, hearing books be read to them and asking them questions about what is going on in the picture can help them develop an imagination and an understanding of the language.
Simply getting your child to count out the cutlery when laying the table or recognising the first letter of their name can all help them when they come to nursery of school.
During your time at secondary school, you may be given the opportunity to go on a work placement or work experience. The idea of a work placement is to give you a taster of what a job within that type of business may be like. You are there to learn so make sure that you get involved and try any task that is set for you. Often you will be given more simple tasks such as making tea and coffee for guests of entering data on a spreadsheet, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot still take a lot away from the experience.
Spend some time getting to know the other staff and finding out what their day entails as you may find another position within the company that attracts you more than another. Some students enjoy their work experience so much that they actually end up with a part time job out of it or voluntary work.
One to one mentoring has been around for a while, but recently there has been an increase in the number of parents finding this support for their children. Some children will learn more from one to one tutoring than from being in a classroom environment. There is a debate as to whether one form of education is better than the other, but doing both is surely more beneficial.
With one to one tutoring, the teacher is able to tailor all task specifically towards that individual in terms of ability and personal circumstances. It may be possible to eliminate all other distractions that you may find in a classroom such as other pupils and noise levels allowing the pupil to concentrate 100% on the task in hand.
One to one tutoring was often seen as very expensive and something that only very wealthy people could afford, but with many tutors offering very competitive rates, it is now widely available to all.
Your child will normally start school the September after they turn 4 but some schools do take children on in the Easter after if they have missed a September start. They have also recently announced that parents will be able to defer their child starting school at the age of 4 until the following year when they are 5.
Choosing a school for your child can be a daunting process as you may not have had much contact with the local schools previously. You usually need to apply for a place at your first choice and then possibly make a note of your second and third choice in case your child cannot get in to the first school. When choosing these you will need to consider travel arrangements and many parents also think about whether their child will be going to school with their friends from nursery or play group.