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Strengthening the Parent/School
Parent Tips and Checklist
that a child's first teachers - his/her parents or guardians - play
a crucial role in learning. Here are some ways you can support your
child's success in school.
* Provide your child with basic
needs (proper diet, clothing, school supplies).
* Provide a study environment
conducive to learning at home.
* Contact your child's teacher(s)
and visit your child's school and classroom.
* Meet and talk with other parents
and school staff.
* Learn about your school's
curriculum and support services.
* Reinforce learning at home, in
the community and on vacations
* Notice when your child completes
homework and provide encouragement (For example, you can say, "I really like the
way you're getting your homework done. That's what I expect from you.").
* Recognize progress. Praise steps
taken and efforts made.
* Help your child stay calm and
confident on test days, and send him/her to school well rested and having had
breakfast (or your child can have breakfast at school).
* Encourage your child to talk to
teachers if he/she does not understand an assignment.
* Read and talk about information
sent home from school.
* Talk about school every day.
When your child knows that you think school is important, he or she will take it
* Discuss with your child how
learning in school helps in everyday life.
* Teach your child to set goals.
* Be a good example yourself that
learning is a lifelong process.
* Have a dictionary available for
your child to look up new or unfamiliar words.
When school personnel and
parents communicate, they establish a stronger learning environment for
the student both at home and at school. Schools contact parents for many
reasons, including when their child is experiencing academic or
behavioral difficulties, when the teacher wishes to discuss future plans
for the child, or when the school is looking for parents to serve as
* Each parent and
teacher has the same goal--to help children love learning and be
successful. The following are some tips to help parents when
communicating with school.
* Recognize the
teacher as an important partner in your child's education and
* Make an appointment
to visit the school and your child's teacher.
* Be realistic in your
expectations. First, talk to the teacher when there is a problem.
Consult with the school principals or his/her designee, if a second
opinion is needed.
* Let your child's
teacher know that you like to spend time in your child's classroom
to share your special skills and interests.
* Be active in your
child's school. Let your child's principal and teacher know that you
want to be actively involved.
As a parent, you have some
responsibilities to help your child be successful in school. Here is a
____ 1. I have met and talked with my
child's teacher, guidance counselor and principal.
____ 2. I have a general understanding of
what my child is expected to learn for the school year.
____ 3. I have established a regular
bedtime and homework time for my child.
____ 4. I expect my child to take
challenging courses, including mathematics, reading and writing.
____ 5. I make sure my child has a good
breakfast each morning, either at school or at home.
____ 6. I talk to my child about the
importance of doing his/her best.
____ 7. I expect my child to study at
least one hour each day.
____ 8. I provide a quiet place for my
child to study and do homework.
____ 9. My child and I read together at
least once a week.
____ 10. I try to nurture my child's
____ 11. I encourage my child not to fall
behind in class work.
____ 12. I try to find ways to praise my
child's behavior daily.
____ 13. When my child has a problem in
school, we try to tackle it together.
____ 14. I talk with my child about the
progress he/she is making in each class.
____ 15. When my child has not been
successful, I make a special effort to boost his/her self-esteem.
____ 16. I make every effort to be
actively involved in my child's education and school.
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