What to Do When Your Child is Struggling in School

If your child is struggling in school a lot of things might come to mind – and it’s not usually positive. Before you panic, keep in mind that it’s best for everyone if you aim to understand the bigger picture and utilize everyone who plays a part in your child’s education. Helping your child succeed is not a one man show, but when it feels like it is we’ve put together 4 tips from our education experts. Here are their 5 suggestions for what to do when your child is struggling with homework:

  1. Don’t play the blame game – it’s about working together to help your child. When you notice that your children are struggling in school remember to stay calm and try to get to the root of the problem. It may be natural to assume it was your fault, the school’s fault, or even your child’s fault. It isn’t any one person’s fault. It’s always best to gain a sense of the larger picture. Learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. Many factors can be affecting your child’s learning path, so first dive into what that path looks like.They may be having trouble understanding a particular concept, they may have missed a lesson, or may even have an issue with a friend. This article helps delve into a few strategies to have a productive conversation: Homework Help from the Ministry of Education
    • Communicate with the teacher and other administrators who work with your child in school. These are your blind spots that will help you understand the bigger picture.
    • Speak with your child to see if they can communicate what they are struggling with. They may not be able to put it in words, but having an open, non-judgemental conversation can be a good place to start.
    • Make an assessment with your child’s teacher or school counselor to see what subjects, skills, or concepts you can all work on together.
  2. Analyze what is done at home? Once you start to understand the bigger picture, start with breaking down how to improve your routine at home. These are some great questions to help you start to break down your at-home learning strategies.
    • What is the homework routine and how long does it take?
    • What happens when your child is stuck?
    • How often do you practice a particular subject at home with your child?
    • What’s your child’s learning style? Can there be a more appropriate style for your child’s needs?
  3. Communicate with the school to assess the situation and keep track of progress – Your child’s school will be one of your most useful resources. Set up a communication strategy with your child’s teacher and other staff your child is working with. Make sure to communicate:
    • What your child is struggling with and why?
    • What they may notice as “struggles” or “progress”?
    • What helped your child move forward in a particular skill?
    • How can you utilize what works in the classroom at home?
  4. Don’t forget the fun! Children can be struggling in school or disengaged for many reasons. One thing I’ve learned over time is that what one person may find fun is not fun for everyone. Try exploring the topics that excite your child or even different learning strategies that may create that excitement you’ve been looking for.

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This article was written by Erin Carmody, an experienced educator, consultant, and Content Manager at STEM Village.