One and one makes three

News / January 6, 2006

One of the strongest influences in the education of a child involves the profound role the parent can have both in the initial pre-school education, and then supplementing the ongoing activity of the teachers throughout their entire schooling.

Research has shown that a child’s highest level of thinking is usually revealed in informal conversations. The real question is would the stimulation of this process benefit from the home environment where the interaction would be on a one to one basis, in addition to the environment at school where the perhaps the question would be posed to a teacher operating within a class of 30 – 40 others all drawing on the same teacher’s time.

How many children do you know operate on two different plains, the self assured demonstrative outgoing child operating within the comfort zone of their own home with their own parents carer or grandparents, and the perhaps the quiet withdrawn unassuming child that the teacher sees within the school environment.

How often does the portrayal of the child at the brief once a term interview with the teacher somehow present a completely different viewpoint form your own interpretation? During their school life most children will experience a host of different teachers, but the one constant throughout is the presence of the parent or carer. Yet the role that can be played by the parent or carer in association with the school to nurture, stimulate and supplement the teaching progress is generally overlooked.

A programme in the USA revealed a startling and lasting improvement of around 20% in the IQ of children receiving this level of parental support compared to a sibling who did not. The growth in competence is perhaps proportional to the growth in confidence. If we grasp the fundamentals, or have the opportunity to revisit areas we didn’t fully understand, and ask and learn at our own pace we have the opportunity to catch up, keep up or even overtake.

The investment by the parent involves time and energy. It also needs to interface closely with the school activity in order to coordinate the achievement. According to Victoria Hurt (Partnership in Early Childhood Education) the involvement of parents in the education of their school age children is probably the greatest opportunity for educational advance open for us today.This Is A Main Title

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