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Vision: To be the leader in addressing educational, social, and physical needs of students and staff
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Home Support

How to Create a Home Environment That Supports Learning

  • Be very selective about television watching and video game playing. Pay attention to the programs and games along with the total time your child spends with each.
  • Send your child to school on time and well rested.
  • Encourage your child to talk about feelings, accomplishments, and problems. Listen actively, reflecting back what your child tells you.
  • Read books or compare notes with other parents to understand the abilities and behavior of a child the age of yours.
  • Challenge your child to do well at school. Make your expectations high but reasonable.
  • Let mistakes be OK as long as the child learns from the experience.
  • Model honesty and teach your child right from wrong at an early age.
  • Visit the library, museums, and educational and cultural events. Find ways to involve your child in music, sports, a new language, or other activity.
  • Talk directly to your child about your values, expectations, and about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
How to Make Learning a Priority
  • Provide a quiet atmosphere for homework. Schedule a daily "homework time." Make sure the TV is turned off.
  • Let your child find the solutions for problems, if at all possible. Give guidance, not answers.
  • Reward hard work on homework with a special treat or special dinner.
  • Ask your child questions as you read together.
  • If your child is having difficulty, don't wait to ask the teacher for extra help or to find a tutor.
  • Attend classes that interest you and let your child know you value learning.
  • Read every day, with your child, by yourself, or as a family activity.
When parents help their children learn to read, they open the door to a big, exciting world! As a parent, you can begin an endless learning chain like this:
You read to your children, the develop a love of stories and poems, they want to read on their own, they practice reading, and finally, they read for their own information and pleasure.
When children become readers, their world is forever wider and richer.
Here are some things you can do:
  • Read aloud to your child: books, the newspaper, magazine articles, the back of the cereal box, labels on cans or directions.
  • Read poems aloud together to learn about rhythm and repeated sounds in language.
  • Point to the words on the page when you read. Move your finger from left to right.
  • Listen to your child read homework or favorite stories to you every day.
  • Go to the library together and check out books. Be sure to ask the librarian for good books or to help you find what you need.
  • Have books, magazines, and papers around the house and let your child see that you like to read too.
  • Encourage older children to read to younger children.
  • Help experienced readers talk and write about what they have read.
Parents As Reading Partners
For Young Readers:
  • Pick a story that repeats phrases; "assign" your child a phrase to repeat each time you read a new part of the story.
  • Read a short portion of the story or poem; then stop and let your child repeat the phrase.
  • Encourage your child to act out the story.
For Beginning Readers:
  • Look for poems or tongue twisters that repeat sounds and letters.
  • Point out these sounds and letters and explain that they often make the same sound whenever you see them with other letters on the page.
For More Advanced Readers:
  • Ask your child to read to you.
  • Take turns reading.
  • If your child has trouble reading out words, you can help in several ways:
  • Have your child skip over the word, read the rest of the sentence, and ask what word would make sense in the story.
  • Have your child use what is known about letters and the sounds they make to "sound out" the word.
  • Supply the word and keep reading: enjoyment is the main goal.
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