academic success and the link between school and home

Child development, Child learning, ELA Kindergarten, ELA 1st Grade, ELA 2nd Grade, ELA K-2



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A child’s life exists in two separate worlds: school and home. But what if those worlds merged? Bringing learning and education into your home bridges the gap between your child’s two main frames of reference and improves their knowledge retention!

Refreshing learning at home is scientifically proven to improve retention
Here’s a research insight that will come as no surprise to parents: children who consolidate their school learning by reviewing and reinforcing it at home tend to get better grades. [1] This is true for two reasons. The first of these is straightforward: more exposure to new content leads to better retention.

The second is something called “context-dependent memory” – as anyone who has ever retraced their steps to find lost car keys knows, your location really can affect your ability to remember.

If a child encounters the same content at home that they studied at school, the knowledge is no longer context-dependent – they can bring the new information to mind no matter where they are or what they’re doing.

Parental involvement in education increases academic achievement
The role of parents is also central to a strong home/school relationship. When parents are tuned in to what their child is learning at school, they can help reinforce it at home and further increase exposure to it. Whether it’s simply using this information in a discussion around the table or in the car, this kind of involvement offers parents more meaningful participation in their child’s education and is proven by research to increase academic achievement.

When parents demonstrate an active interest in their child’s learning, it’s also shown to boost the child’s self-esteem and motivate them to engage more fully with their studies. [2] So start revising! Do you know your capital cities? Remember the names of the planets, or how to do long division? Get involved in your kids’ learning!

And last but not least, a home environment that fosters a love of books is what really turns reading for pleasure into a solid habit, as we’ve seen in another blog post.

Sources for further reading:

[1] Cooper, H., Civey Robinson, J. and Patall, E. (2006) Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement? A Synthesis of Research, 1987-2003. Review of Educational Research. 76 (1), pp. 1-62.

[2] Cheung, C. and and Pomerantz, E. (2011) Parents’ Involvement in Children’s Learning in the United States and China: Implications for Children’s Academic and Emotional Adjustment. Child Development. 82 (3), pp. 932-50.


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