Tips for Parents of Elementary School Students
- Read to and with your children every day. Discuss the characters, events and what you like best about the book.
- Demonstrate how much you value reading by keeping books, magazines and other reading materials in the house. Take trips to the library.
- Keep pencils, paper, crayons, and washable markers handy for notes, lists, and schoolwork. Writing takes practice, and it starts and is reinforced at home.
- Teach your children to do things for themselves. It takes practice to learn to do things correctly.
- Limit the time children spend watching television. Studies indicate that achievement drops for children who watch more than 10 hours of television a week.
- Establish a regular time for homework each afternoon or evening. Set aside a quiet, well-lit place, and encourage children to study.
- Review your children's homework with them. Point out errors, but let them correct their own work.
- Have a dictionary available (age-appropriate), and let your children look up words they aren't able to spell.
- Talk to your children, and listen to them as well. Find out about their day, friends, and the things that are really important to them.
- Encourage your children. Praise them for the things they do well.
- Have your children attend school regularly.
- Keep in touch with the school. Attend parent conferences and meetings.