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Steve Weimar

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Helping Your Child Learn - For Info
Posted: May 26, 1998 12:17 PM
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From: "Jerry P. Becker" <>
Subject: Help Your Child Learn - For Info

[Note: The following are two inserts in a newsletter - the newsletter
itself will follow,
in two parts. I am sorry it is abit long, but I think it is informational,
interesting and

* Attend parent-teacher conferences and other school events --
* Build in time to talk--and listen--to your child every day --
* Communicate clearly the dangers of drugs and alcohol --
* Don¼t let your child settle for doing less than his/her best --
* Establish a daily family routine that includes scheduled homework time --
* Find out the names of your child¼s teachers and principal--and find a
time to meet
them early in the school year --
* Get active in your child¼s school--volunteer to help in the classroom,
serve on a
committee, go on a field trip --
* Involve your child in after school activities --
* Join the PTA or another home-school organization --
* Keep good books, magazines and newspapers in your home --
* Limit your child¼s TV viewing to no more than two hours a day --
* Make sure your child goes to school every day --
* Notice when your child does something well and praise his/her efforts --
* Organize other parents and community members to address problems at your
school --
* Pay attention to the progress your child is making in school --
* Question the learning standards at your child¼s school--every child has
a right to a
high quality education --
* Read to your child every day--and let your child read to you too --
* Support school efforts to develop and maintain rules for student
discipline --
* Tell your child stories about your family and your culture --
* Understand what skills your child should be learning at each grade level
* Visit the library regularly with your child --
* Write a note or call a teacher when something goes especially well --
* eXpect and encourage your child to take tough academic courses --
* You are a role model for your child--be sure to set a good example --
* Zero in on museums, free concerts and other community events to
reinforce your
child¼s learning


* Aim to keep in touch with families instead of waiting until problems arise
* Build a classroom web site for families to „visit¾
* Create a „How Families Can Help¾ handout with practical suggestions for
* Develop a parent library with books, videos, and other materials to help
parents guide
their children¼s learning
* Establish a daily homework hotline for parents to call
* Find times for parents to contact you beyond the school day
* Give families clear information on school policies, programs and goals
* Hold conferences at the workplace or a neighborhood site convenient to
* Include parents in school committees and other decision-making groups
* Join with other grade-level teachers to host a brunch for parents
* Keep classroom newsletters going home on a regular basis
* Listen respectfully to the families of your students
* Make home visits
* Notice the good things your students are doing and share these
frequently with their
* Offer workshops on parenting children and teens
* Provide opportunities for parents to share their skills and to learn new
* Quell distrust by being culturally sensitive
* Remember that all families want the very best for their children
* Survey parents to learn about their ideas, concerns, observations and
* Take advantage of any training on building family-school partnerships
* Use parent volunteers to help in the classroom, make learning games, or
recruit other
* Videotape classroom activities or field trips that families can view at
* Welcome families to your school with banners, posters and smiles
* Xerox copies of articles to share with parents
* Yak with other teachers about good involvement methods they have used
* Zero in on jargon--include a glossary of terms in newsletters or
handbooks (and avoid
it whenever possible)

From the Indiana Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships,
>Vol. 1:1,
1998 -- 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 105, Indianapolis, IN 46205; Phone:
317-205-2595; Fax: 317-251-7488; e-mail:

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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