- Check the ‘homework record’ on ClassDojo, Edmodo or the notebook and make sure your child does their homework before their next lesson. Write on the homework record or ask to speak to your child`s teacher if you had to help them or if they found the homework very difficult.
- Play an active role in supporting your child’s learning and encourage your child to take part in the pre- and post-lesson activities, speaking clubs, and the Writing of the Month competition.
Here are some more tips on how you can support your child.
Encourage and have fun
Talking about what your children learn in their lessons is great way to encourage your children but remember it should be fun. Why not ask them to teach you some new words, they say 80% of what we teach we remember. Playing language games with your child will help them learn, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it can be and how much they know.
To help you we have added some very short videos, simple activities to support your child’s learning.
Making birthday cards with kids
Giving your child lots of praise, encouragement and support will increase their self-confidence and motivation to learn even more.
Gauge your child’s mood
Try to choose the right time to encourage your child to practise their English. They should be receptive and alert rather than tired and grumpy. Putting your child under pressure to work on their English will make them feel stressed. If, after starting an activity, you notice that your child is not receptive, it is better to try again later rather than forcing them to continue.
Support your child’s schoolwork
Children are often reluctant to do their homework or study for school tests. Establish a regular homework routine, allowing your child some choice in what time and where they study. Choice can be a big motivator as it allows your child to feel a sense of control. Provide help, and try to be supportive and encouraging. Praise your child for any effort they make. This will help your child to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude. A child who enjoys English will be intrinsically motivated to practise, improve and study.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your child’s teacher – we will be happy to advise you on how to support your child’s learning.
Use apps and online materials
Even the most reluctant children are motivated to learn using new technologies, such as apps. So the new Learning Hub is a great place for your child to develop digital literacy, improve their ability to work independently, and of course improve their English.
Also, on the Learn English kids and Learn English Teens websites we have many songs, stories, videos, games and activities to give your child further practise with their English. For example, if your child is reluctant to work on their grammar, suggest that they use our grammar section for fun opportunities to practise and improve.