Education is something that holds a high pedestal in our lives. The society demands a high level of education from an individual if they wish to have a successful and stable future. However, in a world where a decent education is becoming more important day by day, it appears that parents are gradually forgetting about their role in their child’s education.
How Do Families Influence Children’s Learning Styles?
We should remember that a child’s education is the shared responsibility of the school as well as home. Home is considered as one of the first places where a child begins his journey in the field of education. Hence, it is important for the child’s bright education that he gets a good source of learning, encouragement as well as support at home from his family.
If you still are unable to understand how families play an important role in influencing a child’s learning style, then you have arrived at the right place.
By resources, we mean the kind of resources that the family tends to provide the child with. Resources can hence refer to income levels, parental education, and so on. If the family would have a good income level, then it is more likely for them to provide their children with educational materials at home such as books, computers, etc. Similarly, if the family would consist of members having high education, then it is highly probable that the child will also follow the footsteps of their family and study further. On the contrary, if the family would have a poor income level or education, then the children are less likely to complete school and take interesting in studying.
Parental or family’s involvement in a child’s education is more crucial in developing his or her academic ability and confidence, than what we think. Parents can directly contribute to the functioning of their kid’s education by participating in the school’s events, committees, sports, or other social events, parent-teach meetings, volunteering, and so on. When the family takes efforts by being involved in their child’s education, it leaves a positive influence on your little one and makes them see the importance of education. Moreover, if the family maintains a consistent interest in their child’s progress at school, their educational outcome, or their post-school plan, then also your child can feel how important education is.
The right environment:
It is the duty of the family to provide the kind of environment and surroundings to their child at home. By the right kind of environment, we mean that it should be conducive enough to promote learning. Parents or families should start working on providing the right environment years before the school starts. Family can do a lot to build a strong foundation to instill a successful and positive image for school experience in the mind of your little ones. Another thing you can do as a family is to continue helping your child in case of any difficulty, work on honing their skills and abilities, try to get involved in their school life, and so on.
Supporting your child in his educational journey is one thing and being strict or too pushy about education is one entirely different thing. As a family, you must work towards widening the horizons of your child in the field of education and not throw them down the sea of education without any help. Your child alone cannot climb the ladder of success, you as parents need to give him or her your continuous support, encouragement, and morale boost. If you are unable to provide many financial resources, active school participation, or cannot assist your child in schoolwork, then the least you can do is to be supportive of them. Doing small things like appreciating them for even little achievements, showing your belief in them, and enforcing good study habits, can have a huge impact on your kid.
A correct mindset:
Having the right mindset related to your child’s education is the first thing, you as a family should have. Any schooling or educational method which lacks the presence of parental efforts is more likely to fail. Moreover, shifting the entire pressure of your child’s education on the shoulders of the teacher or school is not going to help at all. You as a family are equally responsible to provide the right kind of resources, support, environment and educational practices outside the school for your child to grow educationally. Another important thing you should avoid doing is comparison. Every kid has their own strengths and weaknesses. So, by doing comparisons, instead of encouraging them you are rather pushing them down the abyss of self-loathing, depression, stress, and lack of self-confidence.
You can do a lot as a family to act as a catalyst in your child’s educational journey.