Aug. 27, 2012, was a date that parents in Clark County have been waiting for: the first day of school.
Now the kids are back to’ Reading, ’Riting, and ’Rithmetic, the not-so-popular three Rs. I have said this before, education is a family matter. The one thing that everyone must understand about education is that parents, as well as students, must show a proactive attitude at home.
My wife and I did a lot of foster parenting in the ’90s. The main problem that I found with most of these children was that they believed their parents and adults, in general, did not care what they were doing; in short, did not show an interest in what they were learning in school or what they were up to. There are many reasons that this belief persists in our youth.
Many times parents only bring up school matters with their children when the school calls them or when the report card is MIA or there are low grades reported on it.
Take an interest from the first day. Find the time to take a moment or two every day thereafter to ask what your children have learned or how their homework is going.
Be on hand to help with that homework. Don’t do the homework for them -- that tells them you don’t have time for them. Make the time. Time management is the key.
There should be a time set aside for homework and study. Knowing what homework is due for what class helps. The middle and high schools sell planners. This is an invaluable tool, first for the student, and the parent to keep up with homework assignments. However this does not help when the child tells you that there is no homework or they cannot find the planner on their way back out the front door. You can request daily updates on Parent Link or a weekly reports from the school, this depends on the school policy.
Reading is a vital skill that everyone should be proficient at, and is an anchor for all subjects. If you never see study sheets or textbooks you should start asking questions. Most grades 6th through 12th assign some sort of homework at least four day a week, and homework is a percentage of the overall grade, and most importantly prepares the student for tests. If the only thing that your child reads is the sub-titles on a video game or their text screen on their cell phones then something is lacking. You should also point out that a computer has a lot more available on the Web other than U-Tube.
The sports offered by the schools and after hours activities have a grade point average that has to be maintained usually a C average. If not you can assign one for you children to motivate the Student-Sports Person profile. The bottom-line is that if your children know that you’re keeping an eye on them, they will not believe you are not interested in them, and you are invested in their success in school.
Welcome back to school!