Helping Your Child Succeed in School
WHAT CAN YOU DO AT HOME TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL?
As a parent or guardian, you play an important role in your child's academic achievement. By taking steps to get involved in your's child's education, you can bridge the gap between home and school to ensure your child's success in learning and in life. The following things you can do at home to help your child succeed in school.
Create a homework environment that encourages learning and schoolwork. Establish a daily family routine of mealtimes with time for homework, chores and bedtime, as well as for family activities.
Show your child that the skills he/she is learning in school are an important part of the things he will do as an adult. Let him/her see you reading books, magazines, and/or newspapers; writing letters, e-mails, and lists; using math to figure change or to measure; and doing things that require thought and effort.
Make sure that your home has lots of reading materials that are appropriate for your child. Keep books, magazines, and newpapers in the house. You can find many good books and magazines for your child at yard or library sales. Books make good gifts!
Encourage your child to use the library. Ask the librarian to tell your child about special programs that he/she might participate in, such as summer reading programs and books clubs, and about services such as homework help.
Limit TV viewing on a school night. Be aware of the shows your child likes to watch and discuss his/her choices. The same goes for video games!
Encourage your child to be responsible and to work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success.
Show an interest in what your child does in school. Support his/her special interests by attending school functions, musical events, science fairs, or sporting events.
Offer praise and encouragement for achievement and improvement.
Ideas taken from the U.S. Department of Education, "Questions Parents Ask About Schools"