Educating Your Little Ones the Best Way Possible

 This is a collaborative post. Please welcome today's contributor.

Image Source

Got kids? They’re bound to be top of your list of priorities. You’re going to want the best for them, ensuring that they have a good quality of life growing up and all the opportunities available to them within easy reach. A huge factor in this is education. Education can open all sorts of doors for your children as they grow up. It can give them the knowledge they need to succeed in life and get the career they want. It can also help them to become more rounded and insightful adults with better relationships amongst family, friends and partners. The list of potential goes on. But how can you make sure that your child gets the best education available to them? Here are some suggestions that you might want to take into consideration!

Choosing a School

The first step towards a good education is a good school. When we think of learning, the vast majority of us automatically think of classrooms, teachers, books and everything else that comes hand in hand with a good educational facility. Of course, children aren’t able to pick their own school, so you’re going to find that it's entirely up to you to find one that will meet their needs perfectly. This will go for all of their early education, from preschool to kindergarten right through to when your child will decide whether to go to work or head to college. So, how can you find a good institution that will cater to your children and their individual needs well? A lot of parents will simply send their child to the school that is closest. Most areas have a local school and the majority of people will send their children to it. However, this isn’t the only option. If the school nearest to you is great, then this is brilliant and convenient. But if you’d rather your child went somewhere else, you’re goind to have to go through a process of decisin making and put active effort into landing them a spot. Here are some steps you can take to determine which school is right for your little one.

  • Look into average grades - of course, there are going to be children of all sorts of abilities in every school. But average grades can be a good indicator of teaching standards, the quality of facilities and other elements of schooling that you might be interested in for your child. Most schools have to publish their average grades. Take a look through them to find a school where children tend to be doing better than average. 

  • Read official reports - schools tend to have inspections that show what a professional inspector thinks of the school as a whole. They will write up a report, giving insight into various areas of the school’s operations and a general overview. Take a look at the reviews of schools you’re interested in, as they can give you insight into areas of their operation that you might not have been aware of before.

  • What do other parents have to say? - some of the best people to review a school are parents of the children who go there. There are now many websites and other forums that allow parents to talk about the school their children have been to, giving honest reviews and letting others know what they think. Browse through and look for schools with mainly positive reviews and experiences.

  • Consider open days - many schools hold open days where prospective parents and students can take a look at the building and its facilities. This can give you a feel for the property and can help you to determine whether this is the right environment for your children to spend time in.

  • Be practical - of course, there will be some truly great schools out there. But you also need to be practical in your decision making. You’re not realistically going to be able to drop your children two hours to school each day and this journey can be draining for them, as well as expensive for you. Consider cost, distance and other practical factors that can determine whether this school is right for you and your child.

Helping With Homework

All children are going to have homework growing up, and the majority will try to get out of it wherever they can. But homework is an essential part of their education, helping to consolidate what they learned in class each day. It’s important that you help your child with their homework, keeping an eye on deadlines and ensuring that it is done by the due date. You may also have to help yourself, guiding them and giving them advice while helping them to figure out the answer or complete the project at hand. As your child gets older, this can become harder and tap into skills you haven’t used for a while, so you may need to brush up on your own knowledge too! Of course, there are tasks you can set your child yourself if you feel their homework isn’t challenging enough or if they’re looking for further support. There are plenty of free activities online, from math activities for kindergarteners to exam support for those about to leave school.

Extracurricular Educational Activities

Of course, learning doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom and the official educational system. Instead, you’re going to need to make sure that you’re engaging your child in educational activities that are fun outside of school hours too - perhaps on the evenings, at the weekend or during school breaks. There are so many different options and what best suits you can depend on your location and how far you can travel. Here are some considerations that could help to open your children’s eyes to all sorts of new topics and areas of interest.

  • Museums - museums are packed with artifacts from times gone by. Here, your children can learn about everything from Ancient Egypt to Ancient Rome, Greece, wars, astronomy, inventions and so much more. Of course, different museum tend to specialise in different areas, so see what your little one is interested in and find one that’s appropriate for them.

  • Art galleries - many children enjoy art and from a young age will develop their personal tastes and preferences. Art galleries are packed with interesting things to see, from modern art to classical styles. Many art galleries also hold exhibitions specially for children to introduce them to more basic concepts of art.

  • Historical sites - historical sites can be extremely fun to explore. Ruins, castles, points of significant historical interest. The list really does go on. Make sure to look for interesting historical sites in your area and get your children excited for their big day out. Many will offer headsets which talk through what you’re seeing as you walk around.

  • Science centers - is your little one into science? There are all sorts of science centers around, focusing on everything from space travel to biology and natural history. Browse those nearby or consider traveling further afield for a special day out.

  • Nature walks - there’s a lot to be learnt from nature. The changing colors of the leaves on the trees, bugs and small critters, wildlife, lakes, streams… the list goes on. This is also a very cost effective day out, as all you need is some outdoor space to explore together.

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to your child’s education. Hopefully, some of the above information should help you to make the right decisions for your family!