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Parent involvement at the elementary level

By Piper Peterson/Principal at Dear Elementary

When most people think of parent involvement, they picture moms being room mothers for parties or dads volunteering in classrooms. These are a couple of ways to help, but research shows that supporting your child’s education at home is even more important.  The following are some conversations to have with your child to help you stay involved. 

The first conversation could start by saying, “Let’s see what you brought home.”  Have your child bring his backpack or folder to you.  Look at completed work to find out what your youngster is learning and how well he is doing.  You could comment on papers or discuss problems that your child might need help on.  Always try to give a lot of praise to build his confidence on the things that he does well.  Also, respond to notes from the teacher and sign the weekly folder or daily planner if required. 

The second conversation could start by saying, “Show me what you have for homework.”  It is your child’s job to do her homework, but you play a role, too.  Make sure your child knows what to do by having them explain the assignment to you.  After she finishes the homework, glance over the work to see if it is completed and that it appears that she understood it.  If she cannot satisfactorily explain how to do the assignment or if her work on the assignment is incomplete, write a note to the teacher to let the teacher know that your child had difficulty understanding how to do the assignment.

Next, you could tell your child to “Describe a book to you that she enjoyed at school today.”  This will help you to know what type of book your child enjoys and prefers to read.  Have her tell you about the book.  Be sure to build a daily reading habit to encourage reading and listening skills by reading to your child or have her read to you each night. 

The complete story is in the Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 Richmond News.

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