Help Your Child Succeed in School - 5 Ideas to Build Parent-School Partnerships

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Are you concerned about your child's experiences in school? Here are some ideas to go the extra mile in building partnerships with the teacher, school and environment to produce major results in academic success.

Parents make the difference in a child's education and love of learning. We can help with homework and read together daily. We can ask questions to encourage critical thinking and help them to problem solve in order to see options and alternatives.
You can become involved as a partner in the education and learning environment of not only your child, but all others who do not have an advocate.

* Share Your Skills. Even if you are working two jobs and only have a few minutes to assist the classroom or school there are things you can do to be involved. Ask the teacher, principal, librarian and janitor what they need. Perhaps you can sew costumes, or write a newsletter, or plant flowers or cut out letters for the bulletin board.

* Be a connector. Even if you can't do them all, you know somebody who knows somebody who can. Make a few phone calls and see if the symphony conductor will come to the school and speak at the music class. Brainstorm with the teacher.

* Keep contacts with the school positive. Make sure you compliment the teacher when you see them doing something right or extra. Don't go to the administration with a problem, but with a solution.

* Make sure the child knows that you and the school want success in school. You may want to have a meeting at first of year, so that expectations are clear in your mind. Be sure you tell the teacher (s) your child's learning style and interests. Teachers who use multiple methods of teaching insure that all children "get it."

* Know that your job as a parent is to enhance or reinforce the lessons learned at school. Don't just ask "What did you do today?" but "Tell me about your science lesson, what did you learn that you could teach me?"

The world is changing so rapidly that we cannot leave education and learning to overworked and underpaid school teachers. They need help, encouragement and assistance. You are the logical choice. No one else can provide the insight, concern and interest you can. No one else loves your child the way you do.

Find a way today to form a partnership for his success.

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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