Helping your child get the best education they can is every parents goal. Understanding what is the best ways you can get involved.
Here is what you can do:
- Be a role model. If your child sees that you are constantly learning, he or she will be motivated to learn also.
- Be aware of school happenings in academic, extra-curricular and sports areas.
- Foster curiosity. Make everything a lesson, encourage problem solving.
- Have your child invest his or her allowance. First provide your child with options,then use an accounting ledger to have him or her record their deposits, withdrawals and balances.
- Use games to motivate. Many games have educational value, i.e., Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, Monopoly, etc.
Preparing for Report Cards:
Report card time usually brings increased anxiety and tension in households. Many attribute this to parents who wish their child had done better, and students who are afraid of their parents’ reaction. Counselors have tips for parents on how to prepare for report cards:
- Be aware of when report cards are distributed. The first quarter ends in the first week of November and report cards are usually sent out in the following two weeks. Distribution dates are usually listed in handouts and school bulletins.
- Keep an open mind.
- Don’t get upset. Remain calm and discuss the grades with your child.
- Show support and encouragement. Look for positive reinforcements you can give your child.
- Remember, report cards show your child’s progress in school. There is always room for improvement.
- Follow up with your child’s teachers. Especially if you have any questions that need to be answered or would like to explore a course of action to improve grades.