Supporting Your Child
Research has found that children learn best when they have a good self-esteem. A good self-esteem means that the child feels lovable and is feeling able to cope with the world around them. Parents can do a lot to help develop their child’s self esteem by:
- Spending some time with them each day.
- Encouraging their efforts.
- Allowing them to play with friends of the same age each week.
- Allowing them to “let off steam” by painting, making things or just running around.
- Giving them responsibility e.g. Setting table/cleaning up after themselves.
- Accepting that they will be at a different stage of development and will learn at different rates.
- Allowing them to stay with relatives or friends occasionally to develop independence.
Practical things that will assist the child but are not essential to know before they come to school include how to:
- Write or recognise their own name
- Recognise their own belongings
- Tie their own shoelaces
- Distinguish between their little lunch and big lunch
Be aware of each child’s development and assist in the different areas for example.
Religious Education – Sharing your own faith and values with your children. Teaching them how to pray and allowing them to accompany you to your church services.
Communication – take time to talk and to listen to them, discussing the events of the day, asking questions, making observations and planning future activities.
Reading – read to the child, be seen as a reader, give books as presents or rewards, point out different signs in the street or whilst travelling and have plenty of books and print materials in the home.
Writing – let them see you write (notes to friends, shopping lists etc), provide a space for writing, praise their attempts as they begin to mimic writing and give the child various things for writing (pens, pencils, paper, note books, crayons, tracing stencils)
Maths – encourage them to count aloud common objects (pegs when hanging out the washing, animals on the farm), use words such as more/less, equal/below/above, circle/square, name the different types of money and how much things cost. Allow your children to play with blocks to copy shapes, talk about the time (morning or afternoon)
Parent teacher interviews are a critical time when students, teachers and parents meet to discuss both the learning success and the learning needs of the child. At St Augustine’s we provide two formal parent/teacher interview sessions coinciding with the release of the semester one and semester two reports. However, all parents are encouraged to meet often with their class teacher outside these two formal occasions.
There are a number of opportunities for parents to become involved in the life of the school. These range from helping with class reading programs, coaching sporting teams, working in the canteen and participating in the fund raising activities in the P&F.