Strengthen the School-Home Connection – Work Together for Higher Achievement


There’s something that really confuses me. If education is SO important and it’s the number one priority for voters and for politicians, why aren’t we doing more to help?  There seems to be a disconnect.  Parents expect the schools to do EVERYTHING!  I will attest that schools try.  The teachers are super-dedicated, and they will do everything in their power to help students succeed.  But, they could use our help.

I’ve also seen this go the other way as well.  Many times parents don’t know what their students are learning.  They don’t know what they are expected to learn.  They would help if they could, but they don’t know how.  Let’s talk about some ways to strengthen the School-Home Connection.  Let’s figure out how to work together for higher achievement for our kiddos.

 

Let's work together to strengthen the school-home connections.  Let's work together for higher achievement for our kiddos.

 

My first suggestion: Find out what your student is expected to know.

Find out what your student is expected to know

The best resource for finding out what your student is expected to know is your child’s teacher.  Ask them!  Ask them what your child is learning now.  Ask them what your child will be learning in the future.  Get informed to what the curriculum being taught is.  Find out what your kiddo needs to know.

What your student needs to know can also be found on your state department of education’s website.  The state decides what your kiddo is supposed to learn each year.  If your child’s teacher isn’t forthcoming, look it up.

Mommy Crusader  and I go through the upcoming school year’s curriculum every summer right after school gets out.  We learn what our children are supposed to learn next school year.  We refer back to this information throughout the school year.

To Do:

– Find out what your child is supposed to know.  Ask their teacher.  Look it up online.

My kindergartner working on a home-created project to help him learn about polygons, edges, and vertices.

My kindergartner working on a home-created project to help him learn about polygons, edges, and vertices.

Now that you know what your child is supposed to learn, act on it.  Help your child by providing experiences to enhance their learning.

Provide Experiences to Enhance your Child’s Learning

In science this year, is your child supposed to learn about weather?  Talk to them about it.  Watch the weather on the news.  Experience it.  Discuss why it happens.

In math, are they supposed to know how to multiply fractions?  Help them!  Have them double recipes with you.  Show them how the multiplication works.  Provide experiences to show them the real-life applications.

Mommy Crusader and I are constantly working with our kiddos.  We try to tailor learning experiences that will help them.

My fourth grader is talented in math.  We have found an excellent math program online that challenges her and is pushing her forward.  She works on The Art of Problem Solving every night.  It is an excellent program to help her.  It’s what she’s working on in the feature photo of this post.

My kindergartner needed to learn about edges and vertices.  My third grader needed to learn about regular polygons.  We combined these two and provided a fun lesson on regular and irregular polygons using toothpicks and marshmallows.  They now know this part of their math curriculum.

My fourth grader is expected to learn about fossils and how they formed and what they mean and where they are located.  We visited a dinosaur museum as a family.  This gave her hands-on experience, and it was fun for everyone.

To Do:

– Provide learning experiences to enhance what your child is expected to learn in school.

My fourth-grader working on a home-created topography map to help her learn the different habitats in our state.

My fourth-grader working on a home-created topography map to help her learn the different habitats in our state.

 

Another important thing to remember is to support your child’s teacher.

Support Your Child’s Teacher

Your child’s teacher is working hard to provide excellent educational opportunities for your kiddo.  Support them.  Show them that you care.

Make sure your child is completing all of the assigned homework every night.   Check it.  If they are missing concepts, help them.  Read the progress reports.  Help your child with assignments they are missing or are struggling with.  If your child brings home a test, go over it with them.  It doesn’t take very long, and it is worth it.

Also, in support your child’s teacher, ask how you can help.  What can you do to help them?  Maybe you can be an expert in something and come in and teach the class.  Maybe you can chaperone a field trip.  The teacher can’t do it alone.  Offer yourself to assist where possible.

To Do:

– Make sure your child completes all assigned homework.  Check it.  Assist when necessary.

– Review tests and other assignments your child brings home.  Help them with any concept they might be struggling with.

– Offer yourself to help the teacher in whatever way you can.

Strengthen the School-Home Connection

Please, don’t leave the education of your child only in the hands of your child’s teacher.  Your child’s teacher is working hard and is performing miracles every day, but he or she can use your help.  Let’s work together for higher achievement.  Make sure to Find out what your child is expected to knowprovide experiences to enhance your child’s learning, and support your child’s teacher.

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