New Year's Resolution: Help Your Kids Do Well in School
It is a new year according to the calendar, but in most schools, we’ve just reached the half-way point. Resolve to be involved in your children’s education in new ways this year. Studies show that kids whose parents are involved in their education have better grades, a better attitude toward school, and more appropriate school behavior than those with less involved parents.
How do I get involved?
- Visiting the classroom when you bring your child to school.
- Establishing a homework routine and providing your child with a good place to study — away from distractions like TV, video games, the phone, or loud music.
- Taking your child on trips, playing games together, and visiting the local library.
- Showing you value education by taking classes yourself or letting your child see you spending time reading.
- Volunteering at school to help in the classroom, library, office, or on field trips.
- Attending school board meetings and getting involved with a parent-teacher organization.
- Reading to your child or have him read to you every day.
What should I do if my child isn't doing well in school?
- Contact your child's teacher; don't wait for the school to contact you.
- Meet or communicate with your child's teacher frequently until the problem is resolved.
- Ask for specific activities you can do at home with your child.
- Find out what's available to you at your school's parent resource center.
What if my child doesn't like school?
- Talk with your child and listen carefully before you offer any solutions.
- Arrange for a conference with the teacher.
- Ask to observe your child in class.
- Talk with your school psychologist or school counselor about your child's feelings about school.