At my school (and elsewhere), we ask parents to be our partners in education. We know that parents are their children’s first teachers–a critical and crucial role parents hold.
I would like to offer some tips for parents for helping your child to succeed in school.
1. Please stay in contact with the teacher and your child.
Read the newsletters, visit the teacher’s website, and check your child’s planner. But also make sure to give as much attention to your child about his or her schoolwork. Ask about the school day. Check over homework.
2. Supervise homework and study time.
Certainly, offer to HELP your child with his or her schoolwork. Please do not do the work for them. We can very easily tell when a parent did the work as opposed to the child. It does not help your child because the in-class assessments are what really matter. And if your child has not had the homework practice, he or she will be less likely to pass the in-class assessment.
3. Listen to the teacher.
When the teacher is trying to explain to you why a punishment was doled out, please do not try to turn it around on the teacher. Make your child face the consequences of his or her actions, complete the punishment, and MOVE ON!
4. Please do not make excuses for your child.
How many times have teachers heard that the student’s printer ran out of ink? Countless times. And who comes to save the day by running the freshly-printed report to school at the end of the day? Mom. If your kid didn’t do the homework, don’t blame it on yourself, or the printer’s lack of ink, or the family dog. Again, let your child face the consequences and accept the punishment. Quit making excuses for your child and his or her behavior.
5. Volunteer in the classroom.
If you ever want to really appreciate a teacher, forget the Starbuck’s gift cards and scented candles. Spend a day in the classroom instead. Or even better, volunteer to chaperone a field trip. Only then will you truly appreciate the work the teacher does. You will marvel at how she can effortlessly corral 25 students through a crowded museum. You’ll be amazed at the work the teacher does in a classroom of 30 students of varying abilities. You’ll be astonished at the demands placed upon the teacher to make sure every child succeeds. The best appreciation you can give to that teacher is letting her know that you don’t know how she does it all.
What do you think of my list?
I’m sure there are more pieces of advice to add to this list.
Add yours in the comments below.