Conference Tips for Parents

Before the conference I can:

  • Make a list of questions and concerns, examples:
    • What kinds of activities does my child do well in at school?
    • Where does my child have difficulty?
    • Does my child get along with other children?
    • Does my child follow the directions and guidance of adult leaders?
    • What can I do from home to assist?
    • Other Questions I have:
  • Ask my child if he or she has question about school
  • Arrange for a babysitter for small children

On the day of the conference I can:

  • Allow plenty of time to get to the school
  • Share information about my child so the teacher will know him or her better
  • Take notes

After the conference I can:

  • Make another appointment if I didn’t have enough time or for follow-up with the teacher
  • Talk with my child about the conference
  • Keep in touch with the teacher by telephone or through notes

Communicating Resources

Learning At Home

Family-Friendly Schools, Education-Friendly Homes

Your child will benefit if you:

  • Encourage reading in your home
  • Ensure adequate sleep
  • Limit TV and video time
  • Provide a well balanced healthy diet, even for teenagers
  • See that your child attends school regularly and is on time
  • Set aside a homework/study routine each school night
  • Encourage completion of all of all assignments
  • Attend all events in which your child participates
  • Talk and listen to your child about school activities each day
  • Ask for help or advice when your child is struggling or having a problem
  • Provide ongoing enrichment
  • Show respect and support for your child, the teachers and the school
  • Support the school in developing positive behaviors
  • Understand student expectations for each grade level & course
  • Know how to access scholarship and financial aid information for higher education
  • Update address and phone numbers with the main office
  • Praise your child’s efforts
  • Schedule at least one teacher conference during each year
  • Read everything that comes home from school, checking backpacks regularly
  • Monitor test scores and performance carefully

A Dozen Everyday Tips on How to Help Your Child Learn

  • Say "good job" and "I knew you could do it."
  • Ask "what do you think?" – and really listen to their answers.
  • It's time to study. Set a daily routine for schoolwork, meals, and bedtime.
  • Beat the clock. Let your children know you and others appreciate it when they're on time.
  • Turn off the television. By limit­ing TV time, you'll open more time for other activities.
  • Say "tell me about it." Learn what your children are doing in school. Encourage them to explain their assignments.
  • Beat the "why do I need to learn this?" blues. Show children how their schoolwork applies to their lives.
  • Get the library habit. Libraries hold a world of information. Make a trip to the local library a weekly routine.
  • Show children how their schoolwork applies to their lives.
  • Talk, talk, talk ... with your children as you go about your daily routines.
  • Make story time a regular part of the day.
  • Set high but realistic standards. Recognize that each child is different.
  • Give them a pat on the back for a job well done.

from "Little Things Make a Big Difference," a booklet based on a survey of nearly 10,000 elementary and middle school principals

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