Teachers are faced with nearly insurmountable problems, due to crowded classrooms, budget cuts, and undisciplined students who are unable or unwilling to learn. Being required to teach to the lowest common denominator and unable to discipline, many teachers are forced to leave students unchallenged and unsupported. Unfortunately, there are also some teachers who should simply change careers. If your child is struggling, and their teacher is unable to help, there are many things parents can do to help their children learn.
Identify the problem
The first step in helping your child learn is to identify any existing problems. If classroom disruptions are the problem, parents can request that their child be transferred to another classroom. If the school environment is a problem, parents may want to consider a charter or private school. Homeschooling is another viable option that many parents have found helpful in supporting their child’s education. If your child is struggling with a specific subject, student, or situation, parents can help their child by providing valuable tools. Learning disabilities can also exist. Learning disabilities often lead to social problems which compound the situation.
Identify learning disabilities
There are countless forms of learning disabilities. It is important to identify learning disabilities that may cause problems in academic success. Normally, students struggle with a specific aspect of learning, be it reading, math, or writing. Once an area of difficulty is identified, parents can help their children develop tools to overcome these problems.
Many learning difficulties are actually the result of social problems. The threat of bullying, for example, can make focusing on classroom subjects difficult or even impossible. Overcrowded classrooms and insufficient supervision and support can also lead to difficulties in learning. It is important for parents to talk frankly and supportively with their children about what may be causing the problem.
Make learning fun again!
Young children love to learn. They are proud of their accomplishments and strive to learn more as they grow. Parents can help their child overcome learning difficulties by making it fun again. If your child struggles with math, Family Game Nights that focus on games such as Monopoly, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, or other number oriented games can help your child become more comfortable with numbers. If your child struggles with reading, there are electronic games, library events, and interactive books, such as the Choose Your Own Adventure series, that can help your child enjoy reading.
Many children struggle in school when their learning style does not match the traditional classroom method. It is easy to identify your child’s learning style using online tools or by reading up on Howard Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences. Better understanding which learning and assessment styles best suit your child can help you better communicate with their teacher to create a workable solution. For example, more creative students are better able to learn through art or music than rote memorization.
Many children struggle with schoolwork that can be made easier with the use of supportive homework assignments. Talk with your child’s teacher about areas that need more work and then work with your child at home to help them succeed in the classroom.
Clearly communicating with your child and their teacher, identifying any specific learning or social problems, and providing loving support go a long way to help your child be more successful, both socially and academically.