Stay in School Tips for Parents

  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. 2
  • As you prepare to send your children back to school, remember that nutrition is an important factor in academic performance.4
  • Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.1
  • Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.1
  • Since pregnancy is one of the leading reasons teenage girls dropout, parents should take care to educate their children about abstinence, sex, and birth control.3
  • Work from the beginning to the end of the year with your child and the teacher.1
  • Just be there for your child–to answer questions, to listen, to give advice, to encourage and to speak positively about his or her life. Be there to support your child whenever needed.1
  • Use audio books that you and your child can listen to together and have your child follow along with the written words in the printed book.1
  • Play communication games with your child, such as Scrabble or Pictionary, which involve words and explaining what they mean.1 
  • Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.1

  • If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (e.g., pizza, a walk, a trip to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.1
  • Gather information on how your child is performing in school. Keep notes of conferences with teachers, request progress reports and carefully read report cards and achievement test results. Ask questions about these results.1
  • Introduce yourself and your child to your librarian. Librarians can help you to select the best books that are both fun and suitable for your child's age level.1
  • If you don't have a computer at home, ask your librarian if you and your child may use one of the library's computers. Your child's school or a nearby community college might also have a computer laboratory that you may use.1
  • Watch for flyers that are sent home via your student. Frequently, schools send information home with students in the form of flyers, alerting parents about upcoming events.2
  • Teachers and parents should work closely together as a team for the success of the student.13
  • Accept your role as the parent and make education a priority in your home.1
  • Once you have begun to work with your child, continue doing so throughout the year.1
  • Show your child that you care through your commitment and encouragement.1
  • Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind on an assignment.1
  • Check with your child’s school counselor to see what your child’s reading level is. If your child reads below grade level, check with the school to see what additional reading programs are available to help improve your child’s skills.1
  • Help by making sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework and provide assistance, but not complete answers.4
  • Help your child prepare for the math and reading sections of the Proficiency Exam. Check out for practice math exams.2
  • Be his biggest cheerleader. Healthy self-esteem is so important to a child's success. Your praise and approval are critical. When you celebrate his accomplishments, he sees that you're always paying attention, not just when he falls short. On the other hand, don't overdo it. Kids can sense when you're being sincere and when you're not.5
  • Talk to her teachers and counselors. Let them know that you support her educational goals and ask for their help and support, too. Ask teachers and counselors to tell you about anything that concerns them about her progress. Stay in contact with them throughout the school year, every year.5
  • Praise goes a long way with children, especially with those who struggle in school. Provide positive feedback.1
  • Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.1
  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.1
  • Ask middle and high school students why they miss school.6
  • Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.1
  • Visit the school. Be knowledgeable about the place where your child learns.1
  • Be careful of too much parent involvement which can prevent homework from having positive effects. Homework is a great way for students to develop independent lifelong learning skills.2
  • Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Some classes will require your student to keep a daily log. Remind students not to put off what needs to be done each day.2
  • Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.1
  • Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.1
  • Record your child’s performance. Look over all the work your child brings home from school and keep it in a folder. Help him or her correct any errors.1
  • Have your child read aloud to you every night.1
  • Stop your child immediately when bad behavior appears. Show him or her what to do and provide an opportunity to do it correctly. Discipline should be appropriate and consistent.1
  • Talk with your child's teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child's class rules are.1

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