Do you ever feel more than a little lost when it comes to your child’s education? Do you know your SAT’s from your CAT’s? There are often lots of changes that happen to the curriculum and teaching styles inevitably change and that can leave parents and carers feeling that they don’t know best how to support their child during the school year. Therefore I am pleased to be working with Collins this month as they launch a parent guide that includes practical information for parents about each stage of their child’s education, as well as product recommendations for key stage. As a teacher I often heard from parents that they want to support their child but sometimes lack the confidence to know how to help. School seems such a different place to when many parents were last sitting in the classroom, they look in their child’s books and see that the teaching methods have changed and more often than not parents are worried about confusing their child.
However Collins have helped to bridge the gap with their FREE guide that you can download at www.collins.co.uk/parents. The guide explains how the curriculum works and offers practical ideas on how to help your child and even provides examples of the books they could be reading. If your child is starting secondary school, like my son, they are likely to have more formal homework and Collins give the following advice on how best to support this independent learning.
1. Make sure your child has somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions, where it is quiet and they can concentrate.
2. In addition to a table or desk, try to supply them with shelving or storage boxes where they can keep all their books and projects.
3. Keep a good supply of basic stationery items like paper, pens, pencils, a ruler and erasers. They will also need special equipment for Maths, including a protractor, pair of compasses and a scientific calculator. The school should provide you with a list of items.
4. The internet can be a very useful tool, especially when your child has to conduct research for a project. However, it is important to set some ground rules around internet usage and possibly put some parental controls in place to restrict what your child has access to.
5. There will be times when your child will come to you because there is a question that they can’t answer or a problem they are having difficulty solving. Rather than doing the work for them, talk through it with them step-by-step and ask them about the approaches they are using.
Collins are also offering a 25% discount plus free P&P on the Collins Back to School range of books until 30 September 2015 using promo code SCHOOL25 which can be used on the colllins.co.uk website.
To ease your little ones back to school/to make life a little easier this back to school, Collins have partnered with Emma and 3 to give away £100 worth of dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases and revision guides, tailored to your child’s school year. For your chance to win, simply answer the following question, in the rafflecopter, which is aimed at 10 year olds.
Terms and conditions
The competition ends on September 9th 2105
The prize will come from Collins
A correct answer must be given for the entry to be valid.