Home support leads to greater achievement
A great deal of research has focused on what helps students succeed in school. One clear answer is parent involvement. But parent involvement comes in many forms. You might help your child with homework, for example, or volunteer in class. From the teacher’s perspective, it’s also important for parents to set clear behavior standards at home so that children arrive at school ready to learn. It helps to:
• Take a team approach. Communicate with your child’s teacher often. Discuss your child’s life and needs—along with any discipline issues you may be working on. If problems arise at school, you’ll already have a strong, cooperative relationship.
• Share information. Parents know their children best. But teachers are with students all day. They have great information to share! To provide the best support at home, keep an open mind about what the teacher observes and recommends.
• Spend time at school. It’s helpful to see how your child fares in the school setting. Is he confident? Quiet? Social? Reserved? You’re sure to notice strengths and areas for improvement.
• Ask for help. Not sure how long your child’s homework should take? Or how a difficult situation is affecting him at school? Talk with the teacher. Find solutions together.
Source: J. Young, "Why Parent Involvement is Key," Parenting, www.parenting.com/article/parent-involvement?cid=searchresult.