How you can help your child succeed at school

 

A discouraged child struggles to learn new information.  Helping  your child build a positive perception about their abilities can make a significant difference and is frequently the first step to academic success.  The Partnership for Family Involvement in Education suggest the following steps to improve your child’s education;

Read Together,  Children who read at home with their parents perform better in school. Show your children how much you value reading by keeping good books, magazine, and newspapers in the house. Let them see you read. Take them on trips to the library and encourage them to get library cards. Let children read to you, and talk about the books. What was the book about? Why did a character act that way? What will he or she do next?

Establish a daily family routine with scheduled homework time.  Studies show that successful students have parents who create and maintain family routines. Make sure your child goes to school every day. Establish a regular time for homework, set aside a quiet, well lit place, and encourage children to study.

Use TV wisely  Academic achievement drops sharply for children who watch more than 10 hours of television a week, or an average of more than two hours a day. 

Attitudes about learning are developed early.  When parents encourage exploration and curiosity, children are more likely to enjoy the learning process and develop a  positive attitude about learning. 

The importance of parental involvement in schools is well documented. Over 30 years of research shows that one of the most effective ways to increase student achievement is for parents to be actively involved in the education of their children. A 2002 National Education Service study indicates that when parents are involved students tend to achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background or parents’ educational level.

There are many ways that you can play an integral part in our school. We encourage all to become involved in the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). Your involvement in the PTO will allow you the opportunity to develop district-wide activities and meet many parents and teachers in the district. We also welcome parent volunteers to come into the building to assist our students, teachers and staff.  We also have a special Grandparents' Reading Corner that operates for 1 1/2 hours each afternoon; grandparents sign-up to come and read to/with our students. Dads are also needed to serve as Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). Dads, uncles, grandfathers are asked to spend one full day at school helping to ensure the safety and learning of our students while serving as a positive male role model to all.