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How Can I Be A Good Parent Teacher to My Child
Advanced Education in Today School
Schools have put more emphasis on curriculum in todays classes. A lot of parents have high school diplomas and college degrees yet are having trouble deciphering the school work kids are brining home today. It is very important for teachers to meet a quota that the state has set for them that sometimes a child can be left behind, despite the no child left behind goal. Lot of parents have been complaining because the school sends home to much homework. It is almost as if parents are doing the teaching with the abundance of homework being sent home today. I am not saying its the teacher fault, I am not saying that they aren't teaching. I am saying it's just amazing that children as little as six are being taught problem solving and algebraic problems especially when I don't know algebra. It can be hard and discoursing. There has got to be something I can do to make this a win win for the both of us...my child and me.
Parental Involvement equals a successful child
Kindergarten and Jump Start
My child had to learn over 25 sight words before moving to the next grade. I don't remember having to know how to read when leaving kindergarten. My first child was so frustrated and I didn't seem to know how to help her. I reached out the teacher and she gave me material and advice on how to help my child. She also suggestion Jump Start a children learning book for the elementary school kids. Victoria seemed to love the activities in the book. That along with positive reinforcement to my child made everything great. I was ready when it came the next child he was reading first grade level before he started school. But they raised the eyebrows of some teachers because preschool shouldn't be where a child knew how to spell and write their names. I didn't let that stop me though because I was a proud mama and that was the least of my worries. I had a child learning algebra...something I had no clue on how to work out. What now?
Parent Involvement in Education
Parents these day have to become more dedicated and more focused into todays educational society. Getting involved with the child by learning together by opening up the school books and working together. The sooner a parent gets involved in their children education the more powerful the effect on the children.
According to Michigan.gov 86% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve the schools.
- Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance
- Increased motivation, better self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
- Family participation in education equals twice the students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status.
- The more intensely parents are involved, the more beneficial the achievement effects.
- The more parents participate in schooling, decision-making and as volunteers and para-professionals, and as home teachers -- the better for student achievement.
But what happens when the parents try to get involve with all of the above but it struggling educationally and financially? Parents have to work so they can help give the child everything he needs to stay focused like food in his belly and roof over his head.
Parents Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help
What subject do you and your child need help with most?
Educational Tips on how to help your Child
Parent education and other courses of training are needed for parent such GED's high school diplomas etc. Family support program to assist families with health, nutrition and tutoring services. Home visits from the teachers at the school transition point to see what the challenging faces the family will be for that school year. Communication is key to being to keep abreast of the child progress in each class on each subject. Go the PTA meeting for starters. Let the teacher know you are trying to stay involved. Have language translators to assist families with parents that have a hard time communicating with the school when needed. An occasional phone call every now and then when you notice the child is fallen behind from the teacher.
Pull resources from the community there has got to programs for low income families to take part in that will help with reading and math even homework. Youth Programs maybe the girl and boys club or 4-H clubs. Don't for one second think there are no programs, do some research.
Our Children are our Future
Being a Supportive Parent
Smart Children are Succesful
Children that are getting the attention from parents tend to stay in school and make better grades. They get into less fights in school and tend to be more active in school programs if they see their parents taking notice. Parent involvement is something very special and powerful. So getting involved is the key whether you know everything or not. A educational parent in my definition is a person or persons that truly take time to help their children and want to see them succeed.
Ingredients to Success
- 1 part Education, K-12
- 1 part Community Involvement, It takes a community to raise a kid
- 2 part Family Involvement, Family Home Evening
- 1 part Teacher and School Involvement, Family Home Meeting Once a Year