Parent’s guidance/involvement with their children:
All parents want their children to succeed in school. This guide is designed to give parents, grandparents, and other caregivers ideas and tips that will improve their children’s potential for success in school. These ideas also help create a joyful family life and positive connections between parents and children, parents and parents, and parents and their children’s schools. Solid research shows that children from homes where parents are engaged with their children, other parents, and their children’s schools: • Earn better grades, • Get better test scores, • Enjoy school more, and • Are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.
- Daily conversation about everyday events Spend a few minutes daily with each child, talking and listening with patience and love. Take time to understand your children’s world— their friends, activities, music, etc.
- Showing affection Show love to your child in many ways, from hugs to praise to special time together.
- Family discussion of books, newspapers, magazines, and TV programs Talk with your child about what he/she is reading and what you are reading.
- Family visits to libraries, museums, zoos, etc. Go with your children to places where learning is a family activity. Ask school personnel or other parents for ideas of free or low-cost places your family could visit together.
- Encouragement to try new words Make a family game out of looking up new words—who can find the most new words in the newspaper, or who can guess the correct meaning of a new word heard on TV before you look it up in a dictionary?