Family Involvement in Learning

Following are 13 strategies for your family to help develop your child’s learning from Child, Family, School, Community – Socialization and Support, 10th ed. by Roberta Berns

  1. Express your love.
    • Spend time with your child.
    • Talk and listen.
    • Help child to be independent (let child do things he/she can do).
  2. Use everyday opportunities to teach about the world.
    • Talk about scenery, weather, news.
    • Figure things out together–how much time has passed, how to divide the pie, how to repair the toilet.
    • Enable the child to follow directions.
    • Plan together (activities, goals).
  3. Encourage questions.
    • How does this work?
    • Why did this happen?
  4. Give approval for trying new things.
    • Reward accomplishments.
    • Make it understood that mistakes happen–what can we learn?
    • Stimulate creativity.
  5. Instill a love of books.
    • Model reading.
    • Read to your child.
    • Answer questions.
    • Visit the library.
    • Tell stories, and have your child tell them too.
  6. Get involved in school.
    • Talk about school positively.
    • Visit school.
    • Encourage attendance.
    • Support homework.
  7. Limit TV viewing and computer (screen) time.
    • Select appropriate programs and games.
    • Encourage reading and imaginary and physical activities.
    • Discuss programs and Internet information with your child.
  8. Encourage writing.
    • Have your child write and/or draw thank-you notes, messages, stories.
  9. Develop math concepts.
    • Cook together.
    • Play games.
    • Give allowance money to save and spend.
  10. Develop science concepts.
    • Encourage collections.
    • Observe plants and animals.
    • Visit museums.
  11. Develop social studies concepts.
    • Discuss current events.
    • Observe national / cultural holidays.
    • Demonstrate good citizenship by being well informed, discussing decision making, voting.
  12. Get involved in the community.
    • Visit workplaces (post office, fire department, factory, office).
    • Visit historical sites.
    • Participate in community service.
  13. Be a model of lifelong learning.
    • confidence (“I can do it.”)
    • motivation (“I want to do it.”)
    • effort (“I’m willing to do it.”)
    • responsibility (“I follow though on commitments.”)
    • initiative (“I am a self-starter.”)
    • perseverance (“I finish what I start.”)
    • caring (“I show concern for others.”)
    • teamwork (“I work cooperatively with others.”)
    • common sense (“I use good judgement.”)
    • problem solving (“I use my knowledge and experience effectively.”)