Column: Talk with kids about school day

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 27, 2004

By David Prescott, District 241 superintendent

When we think of parents being involved with their child’s education, we often think of the activities that bring parents into the school setting. These activities are important and welcomed but, the most important kind of parent involvement happens with the parent and child at home. Parents, grandparents or other important adults in a child’s life, that make time for daily discussions about school, about their homework, and about the importance of education, will help their child be the best student they can be.

Research shows that this kind of daily parent involvement has a powerful impact on student achievement and success in school.

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To help make the daily conversations with children about school more meaningful, our schools want to equip parents with the information to help their youngsters succeed. Parents should have information on such topics as:

– School rules and the reasons for them

– Homework expectations

– School curriculum

– State and federal standards

– Grading policies

Our school system staff also offer parents workshops, informational sessions and parent conferences in areas such as child development, strategies for helping children at home and understanding college requirements.

Utilizing the information offered and seeking any additional information specific to their child greatly enhances the ability of the parent to offer meaningful guidance to their child. How many of you have had the following conversation with your child?

&uot;What did you do in school today?&uot;


The next time this happens, don’t let the conversation end there. Armed with quality information and a commitment to daily school discussions with your child, the possibility of increased student achievement, a more positive attitude and the opportunity for success will be greatly enhanced.

If you need more school information about your child, please contact your child’s principal, teacher, counselor or school social worker. Our school social workers and Community Education are good recourses for learning more about parenting for student success.

(David M. Prescott is the superintendent of schools for District 241 in Albert Lea.)