For parents and caregivers, supporting your child’s learning can be stressful. Academic concepts are taught differently than before. In addition, we are all struggling with lack of time and working with competition priorities. It’s hard to keep up – especially if you don’t have the resources.
At Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School, we recognize that supporting family is part of supporting student success. Research shows that students’ families are more likely to attend school regularly as they engage in learning, improve social skills and behavior, and achieve higher levels of academic performance.
One of our goals is to build our family’s capacity to make their child’s learning support as easy and accessible as possible. For example, we offer family coffee chats and family workshops that provide practical strategies and ways to support their own mental health and well-being, as well as their children.
Here are three strategies that resonated with our family:
1. Try “learning by teaching”
You don’t have to be a content expert to support your kids’ learning. A unique approach is to allow students to become teachers. “Learning through education” (also known as protease effect) is a simple yet inexpensive learning technique that has proven results. Research shows that when students are taught an idea, they develop a deeper and more consistent understanding of the material. This is a great way for parents to reinforce what their child is learning in the classroom in their daily after-school routine.
We’ve partnered with the nonprofit PowerMyLearning to bring this strategy to life by inventing their family playlist. The company recently launched this free collection of K-8 activities for families who want to take the “Learning by Learning” test at home.