Communicate With The School Year-Round
- Stay attuned to your child's academic accomplishments each week.
- Praise those accomplishments appropriately.
- Communicate with the school regularly. When you have a question or concern, write a note, e-mail or phone the teacher. The Parent Educator can also be a good contact. We need parents on our team!
- Think ahead: at the beginning of the school year, attend the Title I, Open House and Meet the Teacher meetings to discuss with the teacher your child successes and challenges.
- Continue to attend school events, meetings and special events.
Helping Kids Get Organized
- Organization is important for everyone. Talk with your child about how to organize things and how he or she can become organized.
- Provide materials-such as an assignment log, notebooks, folders, a calendar, and other tools - that can help get your child organized. Fill out a "Kids Come First" form for assistance provided by the school counselor if it not possible to buy these items.
- When your child is presented with a large task, help them break it into small ones and establish a plan and deadlines for each task.
Coping With High-Stakes Tests
- Help your child to be calm, focused, and rested on test day. This begins with a good night's sleep.
- Prepare any needed materials ahead of schedule, and take time for a good breakfast before the exam.
- Remind your children that you support their effort and that daily performance is a much better indicator of aptitude than a single test.
- Plan a post-exam activity your child enjoys as a reward for his or her hard work.
Get road maps for older children. Have each child use a highlighter pen to mark your route as you go. See if children can predict the next city that you will pass. Are you going North, South, East or West? What road are you traveling on? As children get older, make the questions more difficult to answer. Encourage your child to write to the Chamber of Commerce for brochures about places you can go to on your trip or use the computer or mobile device to do research on your destination. Make a “Bingo Card” for things that might be seen on your trip. If your children are young, use pictures that they help you select, cut and paste from a magazine or newspaper. Reward the “Bingo” Players with comic books or other fun reading materials for vacation.
- Limit TV watching to free up time for reading.
- If it is available, have your older children watch close captioned TV with the sound off. This also builds empathy for those who are hearing impaired.
- As your child watches commercials on television, ask him or her to invent a product and write slogans or an ad for it.
- Using the TV Guide or the TV section of the newspaper, have your children select some shows for the day (or the guide on the TV). Then have them use "persuasive speech" as to why they should be permitted to watch that show.