Research shows that parental interest in their child’s education is the single most powerful predictor of achievement at age 16.
Tony Richardson, Executive Director, Strategy and Communications, Becta
Tomorrow the South African school holidays will start. How can you encourage parents to play a more active role in the lives of their children over the coming weeks?
Here are ten ideas to get you started:
- Go to the beach or dam or climb a mountain or go for a long walk in a beautiful place. This won’t cost much, it’s healthy and it gives time for meandering conversations. You will learn what’s on your child’s mind and have unpressured time to share thoughts and ideas.
- Visit your local library together, each take out a book and read it! It’s important for children to see their parents reading as this provides a model for them to follow.
- Switch the TV off for one evening. Let your child choose how to spend the time together.
- Play a board game or a card game together.
- Draw or paint a picture at the same time as your child is drawing or painting. Sit at a table together. This is surprisingly relaxing and fun!
- Cook or bake together or plant some seeds together.
- Go to the local park and kick a ball around or play on the swings! Buy an ice cream.
- Use your cell phone to have a text conversation with your child. You may be surprised at how different this is from a normal conversation. Children and teenagers often use text messaging confidently and express themselves better using this medium.
- If you have bicycles, don’t leave them rusting away… Go for a bike ride together.
- Have a treasure hunt. Hide a small item and then write lots of little clues that will have your child scurrying from one place to the next before finally finding the treasure.
What else can parents do this holiday? Add your own ideas. Print these suggestions and send them home with your end-of-term letter or school reports.