students in classGetting the Most Out of Your Child’s Education

What can you do to help your children do their best in school and make sure they achieve the best results from their education? Following are some suggestions:

Become involved in your school organizations. Nearly all schools have a very active parent group, and each school also holds meetings during the school year to inform parents and patrons of those activities that are taking place in the school.

Parent-teacher conferences are excellent ways for parents to become informed about their child’s progress in school and also about general plans for the school district.

Communicate. It is important that teachers and parents work together to provide the best possible experience for their children. If a parent has a concern, they should call their child’s teacher and discuss the issue. Working together, they can help the student overcome any difficulty that might exist. This is sometimes difficult due to the time constraints on both teachers’ and parents’ schedules; however, proper communication between student, parent and teacher is essential for quality education to take place.

Cooperation with the school is very important. Schools encourage citizens to volunteer. There are many avenues for volunteering, both in elementary and secondary schools. Please contact your child’s principal to see if there are ways in which you can help, not only in your child’s classroom, but perhaps in broader projects throughout the building.

Provide a place at home for students to study. The school year is composed of just over 1,000 hours. Students will often be asked to do work outside the classroom. It is important that they have an area at home which has appropriate lighting and work space where they can quietly do the work which needs to be done.

Nutrition and rest. Research shows that children who do not get enough sleep and are not well fed do not do well in school. It is essential that children get appropriate sleep and are fed a well-balanced diet if they are to make the most of their educational experience.

Planning is also an important focus. Schools have career counseling sessions where parents are invited to meet with guidance counselors in both the middle school and the high school. These sessions focus on the child’s future goals and classes which are relevant to these goals. It is apparent that education today cannot end at the high school level. Students will need to continue their education beyond high school and become true life-long learners. Planning for this necessitates that students have a well-balanced plan of study, which is strong in the traditional core subjects.

Model the behaviors you want your children to follow. We can set an example by reading, not only for enjoyment but for knowledge at home so that our children observe that reading is valuable.

Discuss the applications your education has in your current work situations. Talk to your child about the value of understanding proper English, not only in written, but in oral communication. Tell your child about the value of listening. Show your child how mathematics applies in your daily life. This should help them understand that the subjects they are studying in school have a value besides just a test on Friday — they have an impact on their future.