Make Expected and Unexpected Appearances at School
Children want and need to know that school is a high priority to you, and when they feel this, the level of concern for their work, their effort in class, and their behavior is raised. They want YOU to catch them doing well. If they know you are coming, of course they are at their best, but we need that all the time. Plus, this gives you an opportunity to see how your child is learning and what is expected for his/her grade level. Drop in lunch dates are always lots of fun and only take 20-25 minutes of time. In fact, if you have an interest in tutoring, you might even check about running a lunch bunch book club.
Ask Your Child's Teacher if he/she Needs Your Help
Take a Moment to Review Papers with Your Child
Have you ever gone through a child's backpack and found bundles of papers in a wad from three months ago? Most likely those papers came out of your child's desk after a classroom desk cleaning. Sadly, the review time was lost because the work is so old. If you make a routine of going over checked work together, then you will get an opportunity to reinforce great effort and achievement and correct errors. Plus, there are often very important messages sent home that you may miss! If you do not see papers, be sure to ask your child's teacher. There may be an issue to resolve.
When your child is working on homework, guide him/her, but do not correct every error he/she makes.
helps your child build stamina and helps him/her work out the kinks with skills he/she is learning.
Make Reading a Routine for the Whole Family
Want the most growth possible for your child this year? Of course you do! If that's the case, let him/her see you reading, writing, and doing math, and set aside time where all electronics are turned off and everyone reads. Can't do that? Then, make sure books are carried along wherever you go so you are prepared for reading at any time such as when you're at the doctor's office, while you wait in the drive thru line, or when you're traveling around town on errands. Every minute counts, and if you challenge each other on the number of books you can read this year, you will see that your expectations will be far exceeded. By next summer, that routine will be in place, and Summer Slide will NOT be an issue for your child.
Have a wonderful back to school, and I hope that your child blossoms this year. (and I hope the same for my own too. :-)
For more thoughts on Parental Involvement, check out this freebie I put together last year. Teachers might print and keep it handy, but parents might see ways to get involved too.