5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child with School

Parent & Family Engagement | 08/25/2016

Sarah Rolfe
Operations Coordinator

Sarah Rolfe is an MBA with a focus on non-profit and NGO's. She currently works with Stand for Children Washington.

Before  kids are old enough to speak up for themselves, parents are their first and best advocate. As a parent, you, more than anyone else, can help push for resources to help them succeed because you know what your child’s strengths are, and where they could use some help. Here are five ways you can commit to help your children succeed this school year. Parents across the country are taking a pledge that will put their children on the path to graduation and beyond, will you pledge 5?

I pledge 5:

1. To ensure my child attends school on time every day

A missed day of school is a missed opportunity to learn. Research has shown that there is a strong relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Therefore, if your kids have higher attendance, they will be set up to achieve more.

2.     To create evening and morning routines

Set your whole family up for success every morning! Setting a routine will help take the guess work out of mornings and evenings. Try creating a little chart for your younger kids, maybe with pictures, so that they can stay on track with their morning routines (like brushing teeth, combing hair, washing face, getting dressed, eating breakfast, putting shoes on, grabbing lunchbox/backpack). After a few weeks of checking the chart it will become second nature. And keep a set bedtime in the evenings so kids know what to expect.

3.     To talk with my child about his or her day

Stay connected with your kids when it comes to school work. Try asking your young ones open ended questions about school, homework, recess and what they are happy or excited about. Ask them about their teachers, and classmates. Try to determine what is challenging to them and what is easier in order to better support them with their school work.

4.     To read with my child each day for at least 20 minutes

Making this part of your evening routine is a great way to fit 20 minutes of reading into a busy day, making bedtime that much easier. Children whose parents read with them daily learn to read more quickly and become skilled readers by third grade. There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading with your child especially prior to and during the period when they are learning to read. 

5.     To connect with my child's teachers at least twice a year

Parent-teacher relationships are vital to the success of your child. Before meeting with your child’s teacher, talk with him/her and then prepare some questions in advance. Some good questions to ask are; how well they get along with others, if they participate in classroom activities, what subjects may be difficult or easier for them. 

 If you pledge to take these steps, you’re making a commitment that can change your child’s life. Pledge 5 and we'll send you little tips to help you keep up the momentum throughout the year. Parents across the country are taking the pledge that will put their children on the path to educational success, will you? 


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