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Parent Support & Student Success
Experts agree: showing support at home for your youngster's education leads to success in school and a good attitude toward learning.
"Let's play!" Did you know those two simple words can help your child do better in school? Power up your child's playtime, add language, math, and science to the toys and games they already enjoy.
Children learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more in hands-on ways. Why not learn responsibility that way too? From doing chores to keeping promises and owning up to mistakes.
Ten Reasons to Read to Your Child
- Because when you hold children and give them this attention, they know you love them.
- Because reading to children will encourage them to become readers.
- Because children's books today are so good that they are fun, even for adults.
- Because children's books' illustrations often rank with the best, giving them a lifelong feeling for good art.
- Because books are one way of passing on your moral values to children. Reader's know how to put themselves in other's shoes.
- Because, until they learn to read themselves, they will think you are magic.
- Because every teacher and librarian they will ever encounter will thank you.
- Because it's nostalgic.
- Because, for that short space of time, they will stay clean and quiet.
- Because, if you do, they may then let you read in peace!
Submitted by the OCIRA Parent Committee from the UNABASHED LIBRARIAN MAGAZINE NO.39
Six Ways to Stay Connected to Your Child's School
- Your child's backpack: Chances are you'll learn more about school news and functions through newsletters and notes your child brings home in her backpack. When they get home from school, ask them to empty their backpack-at least a few times a week-so you can sort through any papers meant for you. Try reading through them with your child. That way, you can talk about all the things going on at school. This will help you remember important events-and let your child know you are interested in what goes on at school.
- The School Website
- The School Newsletter. Most teachers put out a weekly newsletter that has all the news for the upcoming week
- The School Bulletin Board
- Class Parents: The PTO will ask for parent volunteers at the beginning of the year. They will know what help the classroom teacher needs and what classroom events will be scheduled.
- Teacher: Feel free to ask your child's teacher!
Kindness and Compassion
Performing simple acts of kindness and compassion encourages children to think of others and makes them feel good about themselves.
The Secrets to Happier Mornings
- To develop the behavior you wan t(packing their backpack, say), tell your kids that you doubt they can so it. "Parents often think explaining things to a kid is the way to get him to change his ways," notes Alan E. Kazdin, PH.D., director of the Yale parenting Center. "But actually, if you say, "I bet you can't get dresses all by yourself, "your kid will likely respond, "Oh yes, I can!" Once your little one completes a task, heap praise on him-it will encourage an encore performance.
- Self-sufficiency requires some repetition. The good news" About two weeks of dedication is all parents need to get kids with the program. "During that time, help your child through each task until she can do it entirely without you, " says Dr. Kazdin." Then fade out those prompts and you're done."
Do Some Prep
- A bit of advanced legwork, like laying out the next day's outfit or putting out the cereal the night before, can save a lot of hand-holding during the a.m. rush.
Set a Fast Pace
- When the kids dawdle, play Beat the Clock. Pick a series of related tasks, set a timer for a few minutes, and ask your child if he can do them before the buzzer sounds. Every time he wins, he gets a point to be used for a treat.
- The more stressed you get, the less likely kids will do what you ask. To decompress, walk to the end of the house and back. Remember you can always try again tomorrow!
Tips for Homework
- Establish a time
- Pick a place
- Get organized
- Eliminate distractions
- Build breaks
- Include snacks
- Be available
- Join them
- Use the homework agenda
- Good Study Skills will help your child become successful!
Children learn letters, numbers, shapes, and more in hands-on ways. Why not learn responsibility that way too?
From doing chores to keeping promises and owning up to mistakes, here are ways your youngster can become more responsible at home and in school.
- A chore expert- give your youngster regular household chores-and allow him to take the lead.
- Responsible for learning- being a student is your child's job-and they are the one in charge.
- Financially savvy- learning to spend and save responsibility begins early. Maybe open a savings account.
- Accountability- everyone makes mistakes, but it's important to take responsibility for them.
- Earning priviledges- with priviledges come responsibilities.
Ten Tips for Positive Discipline
- Show respect, and focus on the behavior, not the child.
- Be firm, fair, and consistent. Discipline with love.
- Never use physical punishment. It teaches children that violence is ok.
- Fit the consequences to the behavior. For example, if your child paints on the wall, the punishment should be to clean it off.
- Act as soon as possible so your child associates misbehaviors with their consequences.
- If you are very upset, cool down before you discipline.
- Try "time-outs." This allows younger children to think about their actions. The best place for a time -out is an area that isn't pleasurable for the child.
- Keep in mind that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes.
- Decide what behaviors you must take a stand on and which you can be more flexible about.
- Give Praise often for your child's positive actions and qualities. This will encourage your child to continue the behavior you want.