Educational Achievement of Kids Heavily Influenced by Parents

Opinion / July 20, 2011

The summer school holidays are looming. Time to wind down and enjoy the time with the children, well at least until they get bored. Education takes a back seat, GCSE’s, A level  exams and SAT tests are all in the past and now is the time to forget about school and get and about with the kids. Ignoring the price hikes applied by every sales company who see you as a captive audience in the now peak travel season this is a marvelous opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. You can overcome boredom by paying educational games especially the  travel games that you and the kids will enjoy together. Importantly they will turn the bored free time into highly rewarding and productive learning that is also, crucially, great fun.

Teachers have ploughed through elements of the national curriculum throughout the year. The law of averages will mean some children will have grasped the lessons extremely well, some will have average understanding and some will have struggled. Doesn’t matter which category any child falls into a little extra help will stimulate the learning progress despite their ability. Keeping the educational flow going is the answer and six or eight weeks of school holiday can be a long time for young grey cells to stagnate.

Some surprising news has also recently emerged. Research indicates  Google is creating a backwards step in learning. Apparently being able to easily Google something reduces the intelligence otherwise required to seek and reason. We are tending to believe that Google has the right and only answer to any question. The ability  for children to seek facts and determine their relevance and accuracy is being lost. Learning from  errors and mistakes is becoming eroded as we begin to lack the exposure to options. We now take the information displayed by Google as gospel, and are heavily  influenced by the ranking and advertisements displayed. If it doesn’t show up in the search engine we are being led to believe nothing else exists which could be relevant to our inquiry.

Similarly we tend to believe that school is the sole arbiter of learning. There is nothing else we as parents should or could do otherwise we could be interfering and undermine the teachers. But ironically this is the exact opposite of the facts. As parents we have  a vital role to play in the continuing schooling of of our children. And the fun activities now available cover the whole spectrum of learning  have a double edged benefit. They help children to practice the lesson content at their own pace, building understanding and speed, and  also provide parents with an insight into the contemporary ability of their child.

Conventional homework tends to be one dimensional. Children predominately find it a chore and difficult to get parents actively involved. Educational games on the other hand provide a fun base for the mutual interaction between parent and child. The games provide a great opportunity to practice the lesson content boosting the learning retention by the child. Turning learning into fun holds huge potential and with the school summer holidays  looming playing some travel games has a double the benefit of having fun learning whilst on the move.

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