• Learning At Home
    Family-Friendly Schools, Education-Friendly Homes

    Your child will benefit if you:

    • Encourage reading in your home
    • Ensure adequate sleep
    • Limit TV and video time
    • Provide a well balanced healthy diet, even for teenagers
    • See that your child attends school regularly and is on time
    • Set aside a homework/study routine each school night
    • Encourage completion of all of all assignments
    • Attend all events in which your child participates
    • Talk and listen to your child about school activities each day
    • Ask for help or advice when your child is struggling or having a problem
    • Provide ongoing enrichment
    • Show respect and support for your child, the teachers and the school
    • Support the school in developing positive behaviors
    • Understand student expectations for each grade level & course
    • Know how to access scholarship and financial aid information for higher education
    • Update address and phone numbers with the main office
    • Praise your child's efforts
    • Schedule at least one teacher conference during each year
    • Read everything that comes home from school, checking backpacks regularly
    • Monitor test scores and performance carefully
    A Dozen Everyday Tips on How to Help Your Child Learn
    • Say "good job" and "I knew you could do it."
    • Ask "what do you think?" – and really listen to their answers.
    • It's time to study. Set a daily routine for schoolwork, meals, and bedtime.
    • Beat the clock. Let your children know you and others appreciate it when they're on time.
    • Turn off the television. By limit­ing TV time, you'll open more time for other activities.
    • Say "tell me about it." Learn what your children are doing in school. Encourage them to explain their assignments.
    • Beat the "why do I need to learn this?" blues. Show children how their schoolwork applies to their lives.
    • Get the library habit. Libraries hold a world of information. Make a trip to the local library a weekly routine.
    • Show children how their schoolwork applies to their lives.
    • Talk, talk, talk ... with your children as you go about your daily routines.
    • Make story time a regular part of the day.
    • Set high but realistic standards. Recognize that each child is different.
    • Give them a pat on the back for a job well done.
    from "Little Things Make a Big Difference," a booklet based on a survey of nearly 10,000 elementary and middle school principals
Last Modified on May 14, 2019