Dad-proof tip: Support school learning at home

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When fathers support learning from school, at home, this demonstrates to your child that you truly value education and learning. Your job as a parent is to encourage them to discover things for themselves and challenge them to learn and improve. If you can instil in them the mindset that learning is a process that is positive and enjoyable, they will grow up to be lifelong learners who thrive on challenges. 

Evidence – Did you know? 

  • Fathering involvement in educational activities with their children is associated with improved educational outcomes for all students.
  • Children (at all ages) who have fathers that are interested and involved in their learning, have a clear academic advantage.  

Top Tips

  • Be willing to help with homework. Discuss what they have to do and how they are going to do it, rather than doing it for them.
  • Encourage and praise their efforts to work independently on their homework. This demonstrates self-management skills.
  • If your child is having trouble with homework and it is causing stress or arguments, put it aside and take a break. Try again later. If there are still problems, contact the teacher to discuss solutions. 
  • Encourage them to do their best. If the work they produce is to their ability, praise it when they do well.
  • Explore alternative ways of learning. For example, play with them and explore maths and counting, practise their spelling while driving in the car or teach them a new fact.

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