Helping your child succeed in school

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2006

We all know that parents have an enormous influence over their child’s attitude toward school and their performance in the classroom. How student feels about important matters such as attendance, homework and discipline depends largely on the signals they get from home. Make sure your child knows how important their education is to you. Get involved in their school, and stay involved Here are a few tips to guide you:

· Come to school and meet your child’s teacher. Volunteer in the classroom or at school events.

· Ask your child what happened in school every day.

· Stress the importance of showing up. School attendance is crucial to student success and establishes good habits and self-discipline.

· Familiarize yourself with school regulations and practices so you’ll know what’s expected of your child. If you have questions or concerns, discuss them with the principal.

· For homework, set aside a quiet area then respect their right to undisturbed time.

· Make rules for using the phone, TV, radio or CD player during homework time.

· For large projects such as school reports or, science fair exhibits, help out by reviewing outlines and work plans. Then provide logistical support as they do research and gather materials: take them to the public library or a greenhouse or hardware store.

· Review spelling words, multiplication tables, state capitals, etc. For older children, review the bones of the body, the nations of Africa, etc.

— NEA-Alaska

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