Help Your Child Improve Her Learning Capabilities

When a child starts primary school, it’s also the beginning of assessments and evaluation of results. It’s a good time to identify how a child is faring in school and understand if there are any understated learning problems, which do not surface until a later stage of schooling. According to the theory of multiple intelligence by Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University, every individual have different ways to process information and these ways are independent to one another. His theory proposes eight intelligences (visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic intelligence) and later he also suggested the possible addition of a ninth called ‘existential intelligence’. Based on this theory it helps one understand the child’s learning style – how a child approaches different educational materials. When a child is taught in a way he wants to learn, learning becomes interesting and the level of participation from the child also increases. Hence, if your child is struggling at school it does not mean that your child is not intelligent. However, struggling at school should not be seen as struggling academically only, the struggles can be social, emotional and behavioural. These struggles need addressing differently.

 

Here are some do’s and don’ts that can help your child improve her learning capabilities when the struggle is related to academics. 

 

Do’s

  • Communicate with your child. Speak to your child in a calm and rational way. Make sure your child feels that you are empathetic and approachable before you speak.
  • Talk to your child’s teachers; your child’s teacher is the best person to talk to when you want to learn more about your child’s behaviour and learning ability outside the comforts of home.
  • Guide your child with homework; show the direction and explain what is expected from the homework and let your child do the work so you can understand the areas where your child needs help – is it the language or is it the concept that your child is struggling with?
  • Consult an educational therapist if you and your child’s teacher feel the need for it.
  • Appoint a personal tutor for extra learning support as the tutors are knowledgeable in their respective subjects and one-to-one tutoring will give your child extra time to grasp the concepts.

 

Don’ts

  • Compare your child’s progress with that of her classmates. Only compare your child’s past performance with the current performance.
  • Assume you know the real cause of your child’s problem. When needed speak to your child or seek professional help.
  • Let your child do her homework where there is distraction like TV, siblings playing etc.
  • Tighten homework rules. If the child takes more time then let it be or wants to do the homework at a different time support her decision.

 

A lot goes in the mind of an academically average child when it comes to processing information, and it’s the parents who need to be proud of their children for trying their best and achieving marks based on their capabilities. And when the problem is addressed at the right time with the right attitude and approach, there will be a positive impact on the child’s academic progress.

 

This blog is submitted by Lakshmi Kolnaty, who is a communication professional and a freelance blogger. She has a special interest in education sector. She made a significant contribution in this sector working with schools in India. Currently, she is a School Governor in UK. She loves art, travel, world culture, meeting interesting people, food and nature.