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Build The Bridge To Your Child's Success...Part One
"To parents, we can't tell our kids to do well in school and then fail to support them when they get home. You can't just contract out parenting. For our kids to excel, we have to accept our responsibility to help them learn. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences and reading to our children and helping them with their homework." President Barack Obama, July 17, 2009

Many experts agree with President Obama--parents need to take responsibility for their child's success.

You as the parent, guardian or caregiver can help your child by connecting with his or her school to find out what's needed to ensure success and how you can help reach that goal. Studies of successful schools report that parent involvement is a major factor in their outcomes, including closing the achievement gap between various groups of students. With his vision, the president is asking that you make education a priority and a legacy for your family.

How can you accomplish this? By adopting the following principles and taking the steps indicated for each age group, you will be able to help your child learn at each step of the way and ensure success in school and in life.

  • Be responsible - Accept your role as the parent and make education a priority in your home.
  • Be committed - Once you have begun to work with your child, continue doing so throughout the year.
  • Be positive - Praise and positive feedback goes a long way with children, especially with those who struggle in school.
  • Be patient - Show your child that you care through your commitment and encouragement.
  • Be attentive - Stop your child immediately when bad behavior appears. Show him or her what to do and provide an opportunity to do it correctly. Discipline should be appropriate and consistent.
  • Be precise - Provide clear and direct instructions.
  • Be mindful of mistakes - Record your childs performance. Look over all the work your child brings home from school and keep it in a folder. Help him or her correct any errors.
  • Be results-oriented - Gather information on how your child is performing in school. Keep notes of conferences with teachers, request progress reports and carefully read report cards and achievement test results. Ask questions about these results.
  • Be diligent - Work from the beginning to the end of the year with your child and the teacher.
  • Be innovative - Keep learning lively and dynamic.
  • BE THERE - Just be there for your child to answer questions, to listen, to give advice, to encourage and to speak positively about his or her life. Be there to support your child whenever needed.
Ensure That Your Child Is Ready To Learn
A child is primed are ready to learn when his or her:

Physical needs are met with a healthy diet, enough sleep and rest, exercise and good medical care; 

Social and emotional needs are met;

Confidence, independence and cooperation skills are built;

Discipline is appropriate and consistent;

Play is stimulating;

Questions are answered;

Caregiver or preschool teacher has books to read to your child and does read to your child every day; and 

Day is filled with different learning activities.


Article Source - US Department Of Education
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