FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES
- Ask about their homework – what it is, when it’s
due – and
check to make sure they do it.
- Provide a quiet place, with a good
light and away from distractions, for them to do homework.
sure they get a good night’s sleep each night and
eat a healthy, substantial breakfast each morning.
- Talk to them
about school for at least a few minutes each day to let them
know you’re interested and you think school
- Teach them respect for others and responsibility
for their own behavior.
- Make sure they get regular health and
- Limit children’s exposure to TV and
- Be positive about school. If parents say “I
good at school” or “I really didn’t like school,” this
can turn children away from learning.
- Check your children’s
school web sites regularly to keep informed.
- 1.Attend back-to-school nights and parent/teacher nights to
meet your children’s teachers.
- If you are concerned about
something, meet with your children’s
teachers promptly, before a minor issue becomes a major problem.
possible, volunteer – regularly or even just occasionally – at
your children’s schools. You will get to know the school
better and show your children that you consider education very
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
- Read to your children or look at a book with them for at least
5-15 minutes each day.
- Have books and magazines appropriate for
reading level available for them.
- Use routine household events
to teach about numbers and colors – shopping
for food, using a recipe, sorting laundry, etc.
- Give children
small rewards for success (either behavior or academic) at school.
them when they get good grades or do their homework completely
and without complaint.
- Take your children to the special programs
for youngsters at your local public library.
- Make sure your child
has all necessary childhood immunizations.
- Join a parent-teacher organization (PTA or other parent group)
and attend meetings.
- Talk to the teachers to find out what
your children will be learning each year.
- Ask the teachers for
suggestions about how you can help your children at home.
arrangements to visit your children’s classrooms
at least once during school hours, just to observe. Talk to the
later about anything you didn’t understand or were concerned
- Ask about after-school programs or extra-help sessions
if you think your children could benefit from these.
FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS
- Continue to encourage your children to read. Don’t
let TV, video games, or friends absorb all their free time.
to your children about their specific interests related to school – subjects
or teachers they like, clubs or extracurricular activities, books
they are reading, projects they are working
- Discuss their choice of courses with them so that they
are well prepared for different options after high school.
discussing with them what they might like to do after they graduate
from high school.
- Know your children’s friends, where they
live, and, if possible, their parents.
- If your children work
part-time, make sure this doesn’t
interfere with schoolwork or getting a good night’s sleep
during the week.
- Continue to celebrate school successes with
appropriate rewards. Even though they may seem embarrassed, your
children will appreciate
your enthusiasm for their good work.
- Get a copy of your children’s schedules each semester.
out what guidance is available to your children in choosing a
college, applying, and finding scholarships and loans.
for school activities – chaperone a school
dance or field trip, help with sports events, etc.
- Serve on
school committees that involve parents.
For more ideas and resources for parents, visit the National PTA
web site at www.pta.org.