Starting the School Year Off Strong

Starting the School Year Off Strong

Starting the School Year Off Strong

by Valorie McGilvra, Teacher and Life Coach

Today, we are all busy in our lives. But with all of the communication devices we really don’t have an excuse for not being in touch with our children’s education. Studies show that when parents are involved in their child’s school their academic and overall performance will improve.

A report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory concluded that parental involvement over the past decade, regardless of family income or background, proved that students with involved parents are more likely to:

Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs.

Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits.

Attend school regularly.

Have better social skills, show improved behavior.

Graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

How can parents make it work?

Connect Electronically
This can be through various vehicles:

  • Email
  • Teacher Web Pages
  • School District Sites

Connect Face to Face

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Back to School Night
  • School sponsored events
  • PTA (Meetings and Events)
  • Academic Events
  • Take Home Folders: Many schools have a school folder that goes home weekly and the teacher might have one that is daily. It’s very important to look through them and sign/return in a timely manner. When parents do this “homework” it adds value in the child’s eyes and gives the teacher some leverage with reinforcing good behavior, homework etc.
  • Planners: Some schools start using these as early as 3rd grade. They are an excellent way to help kids learn to organize and plan. If your child’s teacher uses these, please read/sign and discuss with your child.
  • Written Notes: Determine which way your teacher prefers, email or note in folder, then let them know if your child had a bad night or there is going to be a change in his or her life.

Becoming a teacher later in life has been a blessing for me and my family. I know that I am a better mom because I see my children’s education as a parent and as an educator. My goal through these articles is to help parents see their children’s education through both sets of eyes as well.

A few helpful websites to checkout: www.scholastic.com | discovery.com | usmint.gov/kids | younginvestors.com


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