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Help your child with school by getting involved

According to a new nationwide survey, Canadian parents understand the importance of getting involved in their children's education.

In fact, 39 per cent of Canadian parents say the most important thing they can do to help their children succeed in school is to encourage them and offer support according to the survey, conducted by Ipsos-Reid for Kumon Math & Reading Centres. The survey also found that 20 per cent of parents said the best way to help their children is to be involved in their education, while 19 per cent say they would help with their schoolwork and be a resource for them.

"Parents can help their children in school by creating a three-way partnership, between themselves, the teacher and their children," says Dr. Michael Luther, Educational Specialist with Kumon Math & Reading Centres. "This partnership helps ensure that the parent is fully aware of their children's progress in school, without having to wait until report cards are released."

Dr. Luther says there are numerous ways parents can get involved:

Take an active, not passive approach to helping your child.

Help your child get to the library or bookstore for certain assignments.

Set aside time to learn with your child.

Seek extra help if your child is struggling with schoolwork.

Communicate with the teacher whenever you feel there is a need.

Set expectations be clear about what you believe your child should achieve.

Predict success; let your child know you have faith in his/her learning ability.

Focus on the positives; avoid criticism and reward good work.

Discuss the importance of education for future success.

Be an important resource to your child for all assignments.

Monitor your child's work and performance very closely.

Teach your child important organizational skills such as using a calendar, day planner, agenda, highlighters, binders, organizers, etc.

Show your child how to go through the steps of tackling large projects.

Teach your child good people skills and how to work co-operatively in small groups.

It is important to keep the lines of communication open with both the teacher and with your child. By knowing what is going on in the classroom and knowing what your child is working on at home, you can encourage your child's progress.

- News Canada

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30-Apr-2003 Hits: 346 Rating: 0 Votes: 0 Rate It

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