Tips for Enhancing the Educational Experience of Your Child
- Ask your child to identify three goals for the school year (Academic, Health, Financial).
- Sign up for a long term volunteer opportunity in their area of interest.
- Make sure your child’s learning happens outside of the school walls as well as inside (libraries, museums, clubs, etc.).
- If they have expressed interest in a particular career or field, provide them with exposure to the career or field as a reminder of the bigger picture and provide a mentor/support individual from the field. Sometimes this also serves as a “reality check” in terms of career requirements and commitment.
- Take advantage of free academically supportive websites such as Khan Academy, The College Board
- Provide them with opportunities to interact with peers that are not their friends. This strengthens their networking and collaboration abilities
- Play games as a family that focus on particular subjects. For example Monopoly© would strengthen mathematics, whereas Battleship© fosters critical and strategic thinking
- Have your child sign up for free online classes such as e-learning for kids (http://www.e-learningforkids.org) , which offers courses in math, science, environmental skills, health, language arts and life skills.
- Explore the world of art with your child for free through KinderArt! (http://www.kinderart.com) and at Jerry’s Artarama (http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/free-art-instruction-videos.html).de
Connie Grier, a North Philadelphia native is the author of “The ABC’s of Mentoring: A BiWeekly Road Map to Uplift Youth,” in 2012, as an ode to parents based on her experience navigating the Philadelphia school system. Grier continues to service families in several school districts through her 501c3 non-profit organization, The RESPECT Alliance www.therespectalliance.org, an organization devoted to bringing the “respect” back to interactions between home and school and increasing parental advocacy, through CKG Consulting, LLC, her educational consulting firm.