We all want the best for our children. We want our children to do well in school, and there are lots of ways to help them. Even if we think we don’t know enough, we can help our children. Showing that you care will really help your children do better in school.
Here are some ideas to get you going:
- Make sure your child gets to school on time every day.
- Make sure your child does his homework in the same place and at the same time every day. The place should be quiet and have good lighting.
- Have paper, pencils, pens, colouring pencils, and other stationery items in the house for your child to use.
- Take time to talk about your child’s day at school. Look at his/her schoolwork from the day. By doing this every day, you will be showing your child that you think school is important.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher. If you are concerned about how your child is progressing in school, get in touch with the teacher right away. Use the agenda to send a note, or call the school to set up an appointment.
- Use TV wisely. Children who watch more than 10 hours a week of TV have lower grades. Choose TV programs carefully. Watch some TV programs with your child, and talk about them together.
- Go on outings with your child, such as to a park or around the neighbourhood. Read signs together, and talk about what you see.
- Let your child help you with chores around the house. Sort the laundry together while you talk about what you are doing. Make a meal together. Children can learn important skills doing everyday jobs at home.
Whichever way you choose to participate, please know that you are an essential part of the school community, and we value your involvement.