Christine McLelland, headmistress at North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep, answers your question on learning at home
Whether you’re a first-time parent or have done it all before, you’ll no doubt feel the pressure to progress your child’s development as much as possible. Surprisingly though, it’s not all about filling their brains with every little bit of information you think they ought to know. On the contrary, it’s about taking a well-considered, piecemeal approach that’s in tune with what they’re learning at school.
To best support your child in the early years, immerse yourself in their education. Take advantage of parent-child mornings, holiday clubs and parent workshops where offered. Parent workshops establish a fundamental link between school and home; teacher and parent. They create a channel through which both parents and teachers can share tips and exchange advice. They’re an excellent opportunity to experience first-hand the strategies that are used in school and will provide you with tips you can use at home.
At North Bridge House, our Pre-Prep parents have relished the opportunity to join their children’s learning journeys in our new Year 1 and 2 numeracy and literacy sessions. The workshops enable parents to effectively support their child’s school studies, providing a great insight into classroom learning, and offer ways in which they can help to progress their child’s development at home.
Parent-child mornings are another great opportunity to experience learning with your child and are a lovely celebration of their school work over the term. They give you a great insight into what it is they are learning at school and, most constructively, from your child’s perspective. If you want to continue the learning process at home, understanding what it is your child is learning at school and how they are learning is the key to success.
Apart from this, the best piece of advice a parent can take is to read to your child as much as possible, this will foster a love of reading and it will open many doors to your child’s learning.