If you can believe it., it’s half time in the school year. With the holidays behind us, perhaps it is a good time of year to take stock. What do you want for your child academically? What is working and not working out so well for your children in their classroom or at home, with their homework and studying routine? Here are some more in depth questions to consider:
- Is my child a happy student? Outside the normal ups and down, do they typically, contentedly go to school each day?
- Does your child have a hard time getting up and out the door, but do fine once they are at school?
- Conversely, is your child fine at home, but forever struggling at school?
- Which subjects do your children like and dislike?
- Are you actively involved in your child’s work? Do you know what they are studying? Do you know what their homework consists of at night?
- Do you regularly communicate with the teacher? Are the open and available? Are your child’s administrators open and available?
- If your child is struggling, have you spoken to her teacher? Is extra help available? What does this look like at her school? Is a tutor something to consider?
- Do you feel there is a good balance of core subjects and more auxiliary subjects? Have the extras been cut at your child’s school? Is there a way to make up for this through community assets, such as libraries, free music programs, free physical education activities or extra exercise at home?
- Does your child have access to the right amount of technology?
- Does your child get to go outside? -Into the community for field trips?
- Are vocational options as strong as more traditional educational options in the higher grades?
- Have your children been introduced to different vocations at a young age?
While the answers for these things look different for each child and family, and for each school district, every parent must play their part in helping their child succeed at school. The schools cannot do it alone, nor can parents do it without the help and involvement of the school. We must take stock of ourselves and our role in our children’s education from the home level to the school. What can we do better at home with their routine and with helping them have good study habits, good life habit? We must investigate, advocate for our children, and communicate for our children, to their schools ,so they learn to do so for themselves. Students and schools are most successful when it is a partnership. I believe we are most successful as parents when we regularly reflect on the many dimensions of our children’s lives and how we can make it better….