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Parent Tips for Helping Your Child in School

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Lakewood2.jpgWe all know that parental involvement is crucial to a child’s success or failure in school.  This is why it is very important that parents are equipped with what they need to provide the necessary support and encouragement to ensure that their child learns at his or her highest level. 

 To help you increase your child’s capacity to learn, check out these tips from DPS teachers:

  •  Read to your child – and read with your child – at least 20 minutes every single day.
  • Ask your child to picture what is happening while you read.  Ask what sounds and smells might be in the story.
  • Ask your child to give you feedback about what you’ve read – by talking about it, writing about it or drawing pictures about it.
  • Use props when you read.  This makes the story more interesting for you and your child.
  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
  • Be positive about homework.  Tell your child how important school is, and remember that your child will mirror your attitude toward academics. 
  • Stay informed.  Talk with your child’s teacher and make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child’s class rules are.
  • Work with teachers and administrators to stay informed about the options and opportunities available for your child as he or she advances through the grades.
  • Educate Yourself. Find out the requirements, choices, and processes involved in planning your teen’s middle and senior high school programs with your child’s teacher. Your teen will need your assistance and advice.
  • Plan Carefully.  Certain DPS programs enable students to meet entry requirements for post-secondary programs or acquire the knowledge and skills to enter directly into a career. Keep future goals in mind when making course selections with your child.
  • Encourage your teen to think about the educational path they will need to follow to pursue the careers they're considering. Will they need to take certain subjects in high school to keep these options open? What kind of post-secondary education will they need? Where is the program offered and how long does it take to complete?
  • Prepare for life after high school. If your teen intends to enter a two- or four-year college or tech program after high school, check the calendars of these institutions for admission requirements to plan his or her senior high school program accordingly.
  • Even as an adult, career decisions can be overwhelming. Encourage your children and give them the time and space to make their own decisions.
  • Ask your teen about the kinds of careers they are considering and don’t worry if this changes on a frequent basis. They're thinking things over and imagining themselves in different roles, and that’s a good thing.
    Durham Public Schools wants your child – and all children – to have all the support they need to do their very best.  We encourage you to get involved with your child’s education and stay involved throughout school.  Talk with your child's teacher about additional ways you can support your child’s educational journey. It will be an enriching experience for you, and it will help ensure that your child succeeds, both in school and in life.