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
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