Parent Involvement DOES Make A Difference in Student Achievement
You are your child's first and most important teacher! Your involvement in your children's education -- all the way from birth until they leave home -- has a major positive impact on their achievement at school. In fact, did you know that the SINGLE most important thing you can do as a parent, to help your child do well at school, is to read with him/her at home? If you have time, you can help in other ways with simple learning games and tutoring strategies.
How do students benefit from family involvement in children's learning.
Ø Better grades
Ø More consistent attendance at school
Ø More positive attitudes and behavior
Ø More effective academic program
Families benefit, too! When you know that you are doing all you can to help your children get ready for learning opportunities at school, or to assist them while they are attending school, you feel better as a parent and as a person.
Teachers and schools gain, also, when families become involved with their children's education. Teachers gain a better understanding of families' needs and cultural backgrounds; they find out what parents can offer to the school program and to their children at home. Schools with active parent involvement programs almost always have better academic results and better morale on the part of faculty and students.
Get involved! Find out how to help your own children learn better and enjoy it more. If you have time, try serving as a volunteer at your school. Just listening to a child read for half an hour a week can make a big difference. Or you can volunteer to help in some other way.
You can get more information about the link between parent involvement and student achievement from a U.S. Department of Education publication entitled Strong Families, Strong Schools: Building Community Partnerships for Learning.
For a free copy, call 1-800-USA-LEARN
Tips: From the Family Learning Association
MAKE READING FUN!
How to Raise Your Child's Reading Level
Three ways that will NOT work:
ONE sure way to raise your child's reading level:
MAKE READING FUN!
Create A Reading Environment:
ENJOY A FAMILY WRITING NIGHT: Ask family members to join in a writing night once or twice a month. You can write letters to family and friends, or write thank-you notes to helpful people in your community. Each person can contribute a section to the family letter or write his own letter. The payoff is more than improving writing skills-its receiving a reply in the mail.
Make writing portable.
Let's Do Math!
Math is a very important part of life. We use math to set an alarm clock, buy groceries, keep score or time at a game, wallpaper a room, or wrap a present. We all need math in the world of computers and electronic communication. It is important to encourage children to think of themselves as mathematicians who can reason and solve problems.
Here are some things you can do:
JUST FOR FUN
First grader: I'm going to give Miss Jones a rope.
Mother: Why are you going to give her a rope?
First grader: She told me that she's just about at the end of hers.