Tips For Parents


Research shows that when parents take time to talk with their childrenabout classroom learning - whether they're discussing books and ideas,preparing for tests and projects, or puzzling over homework - studentachievement rises. Our goal is that the partnership between parents andschools is mutually respectful and highly supportive.

Ways Parents Can Help Their Child:

  • Volunteer in your child's school
  • Participate in the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
  • Attend school events
  • Visit your child's school often
  • Create a learning environment at home
  • Have family fun times!

Tips for Elementary School Parents

  • Plan visits to your local public library and apply for your child a library card.
  • Encourage your child to read books.
  • Recommend books, magazines, and articles that match your child's interests.
  • Talk about the stories you read with your child.
  • Read books aloud.
  • Tell your child you are proud of his/her learning.

How to Promote Reading:

  • Read with your child everyday.
  • Take your child to the library often.
  • Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.
  • Limit television and video games.
  • Buy books on tape.
  • Subscribe to children's magazines.
  • Create a summer scrapbook.
  • Write words in the sand or on a cookie sheet covered with whipped cream.
  • Make reading fun!

Teaching Your Child to Read

  • Find books that match your child's interests and needs.
  • Use flash cards with your child. Play with the words with your child. Hide them around the house and see if he/she can find them and read them to you.
  • Introduce your child to "sight" words, which occur so often your child has to know them by sight (such as "they," "were," "was," "did," "but")

Tips for Middle School Parents

Often middle school students have trouble getting organized. Finding a"study spot" to call their own at home is a good idea. Not only will ithelp them keep their school things together, when they are in the spotthey'll know it's time to get serious about schoolwork.

Some kids like to sit at a desk. Others like to sit on the floor.Finding the best spot to concentrate is up to the student. Regardlessof where it is, that "study spot" should be:

Well Lit - Look for a good lamp so the student can see to read or write.
Comfortable - Let them try different places - a desk, the floor, the sofa.
Neat - Your student should try to keep things neat so they can find what they need.
Quiet - Students need quiet to fully concentrate. That means you must turn off the TV and not answer the phone. Students might want to hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door to keep brothers and sisters out until study time is over.
Well Supplied - Your student needs paper, pens, pencils, calculator and a few references - a dictionary, a thesaurus and an atlas.

Tips for High Schoolers

Ways High School Students Can Get Organized For Homework & Schoolwork

It's 9 p.m. Do you know where your math book is? Or did you justdiscover that your book, which you need to finish your homework, isstill at school? If you are having trouble getting organized todo homework or schoolwork, you're not alone. Here are a few ideas tohelp you get more organized:

  • Use self-stick notes: After each class, attach a self-stick note to a book if you need to complete an assignment. Then at the end of the day, it only takes a quick glance to see which books have to go home and which can stay at school.
  • Write down assignments: Take notes and write down what is due and when.
  • Make a place for school stuff at home: Create a place at home where you keep all your school stuff. This could be a shelf, a table, a plastic crate or the floor of a certain closet. When you do your homework, put every completed assignment in that place. Put your backpack in that place along with other items you need for school the next day.