Ways Parents Can Help Their Child Succeed in School
- Build positive relationships with your child’s teachers. Ask your child’s teacher for ways you can support their learning at home. It is important to communicate early when a concern arises. This is best through a phone call or in person.
- Read! Read with your child because reading is the foundation for all learning. A trip to the Manor Branch library once a week can be a free fun family activity.
- Practice writing at home. Try writing letters, journals, and even grocery lists.
- Make sure your child completes homework. Look at your child’s completed work and show interest in what he/she is learning.
- Help your child prepare for tests. Tests play an important role for determining a students grade. As a parent, you can support your child my making flashcards with them and asking them questions from the review prior to the test.
- Make math part of every day life. Relating math to real world experiences can be exciting. Cooking, gardening, and counting money are some of the ways to encourage number sense in every day life.
- Use community as a classroom. Take your child to museums, government buildings, state parks, plays, concerts, and work places. Visiting these places helps your child relate to the world around them.
- Promote social growth. Open your home to your child’s friends for informal study sessions and play dates.
- Turn off electronics and turn on personal conversations with your child. This enhances verbal skills, builds confidence, and helps your child to become an effective communicator.
- Enjoy nature together as a family. Living in the Bay Area provides ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, building sand castles on the beach, bike riding, and camping.
Most importantly, tell your child you love them, make time for prayer, work hard and play together!