We know how tough this job can be. Parenting is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days per year job that never ends. It becomes easier when your children grow up, provided they get a sound education that provides them with the fundamentals for success. We are working to ensure that your kids have well-funded and supported public schools to attend so they can grow to become tomorrow’s leaders capable of taking care of you when the time comes.
Children today are inundated by stimuli. Television, social media, music, fashion, videos, etc. Today’s children are having an increasingly difficult time getting serious about school, and things like standardized testing and common core are not making that any easier. We support today’s parents by providing some tools to make keeping up with your child’s education a little easier, and we also provide platforms for parents to be heard and seen by those in a position to change the way public schools are funded and managed.
One of the things we push for is classroom extension to build lifelong learners. Children who are immersed in opportunities to learn will learn more and push harder to improve their skillsets. As a parent, programs like BrightStart will help you build a toolset that enables classroom extension. But even if you aren’t a member of our program, there are things you can do today:
Luckily for us these days, traveling abroad doesn’t require you to leave your living room. Using your computer, take a virtual trip to different countries and explore other parts of the world using tools like Google Earth, National Geographic, or PBS.org. The library is always a great place to go to explore and the time spent can change how your child feels about school.
Even the littlest things count – turning on a light switch is a lesson in physics, how electrons are always flowing in one direction, and the light switch stops the flow until the switch is turned on, allowing the electrons to excite the filament, thus making light and heat. These simple explanations for everyday things can help kids understand how science and math are all around them. Once they grasp how immersed in science and math they already are in daily life, they’ll begin to fear those subjects less.
Thanks to the power of YouTube every household experiment under the sun can be viewed and replicated to help get your child more into science. The important thing here is diving into “why” vinegar reacts with baking soda the way it does or what makes water with Salt in it take longer to freeze than plain water. Helping your child question and think critically puts them one step closer to becoming an innovator of tomorrow.
Sometimes, simply “playing” school at home can make your child focus more while at school, and work harder so they can come back and “teach” you. This can be a powerful tool for younger children because it helps them realize how much they can retain and makes them realize how critical paying attention in class can be. For older kids, playing school can be as simple as asking what your child learned that day, then asking questions about the topic to get them to give some depth and think critically about what they learned.
The resources for parents that we’ve developed and extend from partners are aimed at helping your children get the education they have a right to – an education where successful outcomes and independent thinkers are the primary goals. Check back often, these resources will grow.