Supporting Your Child's Learning
You are your child’s first teachers. Your influence continues to be important throughout the school years. There are many ways you can extend your child’s learning through support, encouragement and practice at home.
- Here are some tips for turning homework time into a productive, positive experience.
- Once your children are in intermediate grades or higher, they will need to develop good study skills. We offer some study tips for your child to follow.
- An experienced teacher gives suggestions for hassle-free homework activities parents can do with their children, which helps them practice skills and make learning connections.
Learning games and activities
Our Reading web page offers more tips and suggested materials.
Confidence and self-esteem
Self-esteem and confidence are very important factors in a child's progress at school. Children who are generally confident and have high self-esteem are more likely to ask questions, participate actively, express their ideas, and take on new challenges. They are also better able to learn from mistakes, handle constructive criticism and often push themselves harder in learning. Conversely, when a child's self-esteem is low, he or she is more likely to be negative, withdraw, and experience failure more often. Here are some suggestions to help your child grow in confidence and higher self-esteem.
Parents and teachers are very aware that girls traditionally excel in the humanities, while boys tend to do better in the sciences. In recent years, girls have begun to catch up and, indeed, to surpass boys in many aspects of school performance, including exam results, graduation rates, scholarships, and post-secondary enrolment.
What is "boy culture"? Is it different today from the good old days? What can we as teachers, parents, and the community do to raise well-rounded individuals who contribute to society? The BCTF presentation on Raising Confident Boys (and Girls) is available for parents.
The Federation commissioned an extensive research project into these crucial issues of gender stereotyping in schools and society and produced the report G.I. Joe meets Barbie, software engineer meets caregiver: Males and females in B.C.'s public schools and beyond.
Brochure for parents of ESL students
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Provincial Specialist Association of the BC Teachers' Federation has produced a brochure for parents of ESL students in BC public schools, which has been translated into fourteen of the most common languages spoken by students in BC public schools.
The brochure explains the following to parents:
- what ESL support might look like for their children,
- what is involved in learning a new language,
- how school in British Columbia may be different from what they experienced in their home countries,
- ways they can know how their children are doing at school, and
- what they can do to help their children learn.
The BCTF has developed presentations for parents that provide opportunities to learn strategies, gain knowledge and explore concerns.
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