A strong start to the school year often means a successful school year! Below are some simple,
practical tips that parents can implement in their own homes.
Show Interest: Let your child know right away that their academic success is important to you. Get a school calendar so you know when grading periods end and when report cards will be mailed home. Know when conferences are, prepare questions beforehand for teachers and attend conferences!
Set Expectations Together: Plan a meeting with your child at the beginning of each grading
period to set realistic goals for grades for that term. During this discussion, take into consideration
your child’s strengths and weaknesses. It is very important to listen to your child during this
discussion and not set your expectations too high. Unrealistic expectations could set them up for
Get To Know Your Child’s School: Remember that teachers, principals and counselors are there to help your child succeed. Introduce yourself before issues arise. Let them know who you are and that there is support at home. A great way to get to know the school better is to volunteer at your child’s school. Your child may not be thrilled to see you in the hallway at school, but you will be sending a strong message that you care about what is going on at his/her school.
Make time to browse through your child’s school website. Many teachers have individual websites where they list upcoming assignments, tests and deadlines. Most schools offer a way to log into your child’s personal online “grade book.”
Support Strong Attendance:
When a student misses school they miss out on important information. Schedule appointments outside of school hours. It is especially important to schedule family vacations around the school calendar. Again, this is a perfect way to show your child that you value school and have certain expectations set for them.
Encourage Them To Get Involved:
Research shows that students who are involved in structured activities generally do better in school. Contact your school office to find out what activities are offered. Go over the list of available activities with your child. Both of you may be surprised to learn of the different options. You may want to look into private and community organization as well for further enrichment.
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