You care about your child’s learning—that’s why you’re participating in BellXcel Remote. But does your child know just how much you care? Don’t let this important message get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here are some tips for letting your scholar know you’re invested in their education.
Set your own attitude. A positive attitude toward learning is contagious. Show your scholar that you are enthusiastic about BellXcel Remote and all the great learning that is about to begin. Commit yourself to supporting your child through challenges—and don’t forget to acknowledge and celebrate successes, too. Be attentive to your child’s needs, both academic and emotional. Your patient support and encouragement will keep your scholar on the path to achievement.
Explore “what’s in the box.” The arrival of your child’s remote learning kit can be an exciting event. As you open the box and start looking through the books, let your scholar know that you are as excited as they are. Look at the covers, flip through the pages, and ask which books they are most interested in exploring and why.
Create a dedicated learning space. Doing an hour’s worth of homework each night at the kitchen table is fine, but now your child will be doing all their learning at home. Show that you take this transition seriously by working with your child to create the best possible learning space.
Ask questions. Spark conversations that go beyond “How was school today?” “Fine.” Show that you are truly interested in what your child is learning by asking specific questions and following up on their answers. You might schedule a time each evening to discuss the day’s learning. Try some of the following questions to get started:
Look for ways to apply learning. Learning has meaning when we can apply it to the real world. Help your child see the value in what they’re learning by pointing out the connections between school work and everyday life. For example, you might reinforce math concepts with questions like the following:
Share what you know. Not all learning comes from books. You and others in your family have a wealth of knowledge and skills that you can share with your child. Invite your scholar to help make a meal—perhaps passing along one of your family’s secret recipes. Or, make a connection to something your child is reading and share a story from your own life that they have never heard before. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to learn and grow together.
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