What Parents Can Do To Help Their Child Succeed In School

Introduction

This issue of the Parent Teacher Conference Handout contains useful information for parents about  What Parents Can Do To Help Their Child Succeed In School.

Although school is very important, it doesn't really take up very much of a child's time. In the U.S., the school year averages 180 days; in other nations, the school year can last up to 240 days, and students are often in school more hours per day than are American students. Clearly, the hours and days that a child is not in school are also very important for learning. Parents help children succeed by working with teachers and schools to make sure they provide curricula and use teaching methods that are based on strong scientific evidence about what works best in helping children learn. Many teachers say that they don't often receive information from parents about problems at home. Many parents say that they don't know what the school expects from their children or from them. Sharing information is essential, and both teachers and parents are responsible for making it happen.

In this issue of the Parent Teacher Conference Handout there are a number of helpful suggestions provided for parents by answering the following questions:

  • What can I do at home to help my child succeed in school?
  • How can I tell how well my child is doing in school?
  • How can I get the most out of parent-teacher conferences?
  • How can I encourage my child to read at home?


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