Increased adult participation gives the most effective structure for a successful start to the school year.
“Back-to-school offers an opportunity for parents to get to know their children’s teachers and be involved in education year-round,” said Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association. “To reach their full potential, students need parents to take an active role in their education. Parents should be their children’s ‘favorite teacher.'”
NEA suggests five very easy methods for moms and dads to start the school year off on the right foot:
* Meet the educators. Tell teachers your youngsters’s interests and pastimes. Make a date to visit educators’ class; don’t await Back-to-School Evening or parent-teacher conferences to open the lines of interaction. Supply educators with your telephone number and e-mail addresses.
* Learn more about all the institution employees. Whether it’s the librarian, school counselor, nurse, snack bar employee or bus driver, school support experts usually understand all the students in the school, and their partnerships with your youngster will certainly proceed from year to year as your kid moves from one grade to the next.
* Sign up with the PTA or various other parent groups. As a group, take part in school events and see just how you could help the school reach its objectives.
* Check in day-to-day with your children. Review exactly what they learned in school, determine established times for homework and reserve time to read with them-even if it’s simply for fun.
* Examine the school’s Internet site consistently. See to it your youngsters are learning what they need to understand to satisfy the requirements set for their grade level. Many schools supply class timetables and research products online for parents to watch.
“There’s nothing like starting the school year off right,” said Weaver. “So go to the head of the class in your kids’ eyes, because learning doesn’t stop at the school doors.”