Children learn a tremendous amount outside of school – as parents, you are your child’s most important teacher.
Parents are the child’s first and most important teachers. Each child arrives at school with different interests and abilities. Working together, we can create a learning environment that is both supportive and challenging for every learner. You need to become involved in your child’s education both inside and outside of school.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD’S SUCCESS AT SCHOOL?
accept and recognize their efforts
provide opportunities for them to participate in new and different activities
engage in activities that explore your child’s interests (e.g. learning about nature, sports, etc.)
encourage them to accept responsibility ( e.g. clean up room/toys)
encourage your child to share and take turns
encourage your child to listen without interrupting when someone is talking, saying “please” and “thank you”, show respect for others
provide opportunities to play with others, and even spend time away from home with friends in order to develop independence
provide other opportunities to develop independence
spend time with your child talking, playing games, puzzles, reading, etc.
monitor the amount and type of TV and computer viewing, video games, computer games
talk to your child about their day, encouraging them to share their “new” experiences (good or bad) with you
read to your child, daily if possible, and encourage them to discuss the story, poem or rhyme – the importance of this activity cannot be stressed enough
provide up-to-date contact numbers for the school and teacher
talk positively about school experiences
become familiar with your child’s classroom timetable (library, gym times, etc.)
make sure they attend school regularly and on time
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL?
read classroom and school newsletters for upcoming events and updates on activities
attend parent-teacher conferences
volunteer for classroom support
stay in contact with your child’s teachers, especially if you have a question or concern – often an informal chat or phone call will alleviate worries before they escalate into problems.