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How to Help Your Child Make the Grade

Parents, YOU make the difference!  Your attitude towards school is very significant in your child's mind. Always be positive about school and the value of getting an education.

Education Counts

  • Knowledge is power! It provides choices for people.
  • A young person with a high school degree could earn four times as much money as a young man or woman without it.
  • When students stay in school, work hard and graduate, they open up for themselves a broader world to live in.

Don't Let Your Child Miss School

  • Do whatever it takes to keep your child in school.
  • Be sure your child gets to school on time. Students who are continually late arriving to school get so far behind in schoolwork they give up trying.
  • Be sure to buy an alarm clock and allow plenty of time for your student to get up, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive to school on time.

Great Expectations

  • A study conducted by the University of Florida indicates that one of the most important things parents can do for children is to expect them to achieve in school.
  • When parental expectations are combined with teacher expectations, students DO ACHIEVE.
  • Encourage and support through positive communication and action. Negative comments may help you vent frustrations, but they don't help your student grow and learn.
  • Be sincere and truly expect the very best from your children. They won't let you down.

Focus on Strengths

  • Find activities that your student can excel in and enjoy, and then support their continued successin these areas. "The key is to help your student develop his or her own identity in terms of the things he or she does well."

Become Involved

  • Attend Back-To-School night.
  • Know the dates of all parent conferences and when progress report notices will be sent home.
  • Remember that good news travels fast, but bad news may not travel at all.
  • Ask and write down how much homework is expected and how much time should be spent on it each night. If you are a non-English speaking parent, take an English speaking teenager along with you.

Limit Television, Phone Calls, Video and Computer Games

  • Studies indicate that the average child watches more than six hours of television A DAY! That's more time than they spend at school in the classroom.
  • Studies also show that the kids who do best in school watch the least amount of television. Instead, they read a book, do their homework or go for a walk .
  • Set a positive example by reading books, newspapers and magazines instead of watching TV yourself.

Balance Work and Play

  • Personal satisfaction and happiness are important qualities in the successful learner.  "Never underestimate the value of play for creating energy and renewal for less enjoyable, but necessary tasks.

Know the Teacher

  • Joining together with the teacher, you can make the most important difference in your child'seducation.
  • If a problem comes up, talk to the teacher first. Teachers appreciate you coming to them directly.Bring your child along for the meeting. Sometimes the message that goes home is not exactlywhat happened at school.
  • Teachers want the best for your child and showing them you are pleased that they share this concern goes a long way.
  • Together, teachers and parents can make the grade.