Parent Involvement Strategies

Self-Esteem/Positive Life Skills

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  • Praise your child's accomplishments
  • Be supportive (through companionship) by sharing ideas and thoughts
  • Develop a keen eye (monitor) what your child is absorbing (books, TV programs, videos, games, etc.)
  • Model the behavior you want your child to follow
  • Compare your child only with him/herself
  • Encourage decision-making and problem- solving
  • Be a good listener
  • Hold your child responsible for his/her school work and their share of family chores
  • Use positive statements in communicating with your child
  • Discipline with love and firmness
  • Expose your children (of all ages) to a variety of work experiences/careers
  • Provide your child with volunteer opportunities to help others in the community
  • Teach character development traits by using appropriate role model
School Involvement

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  • Learn the rules, regulations, and expectations of the school/class
  • Set up regular conferences with teachers to discuss your child's progress and course of study
  • Monitor your child's attainment of grade level academic expectations regularly
  • Visit the school regularly
  • Volunteer at your child's school
  • Six Types of Parental Involvement

    Six Types of Parental Involvement

    Parenting: establishing home environments that support your children as students.

    Volunteering: participating in organized, meaningful volunteer activities at school.

    Learning at Home: helping your children with homework and other learning activities.

    Decision Making: becoming involved in school planning decisions about school spending, policies, and practices. (i.e. PTA, PTO, fundraisers, advisory councils, etc.)

    Collaborating with Community: suggesting resources and services to assist the school in the educational process.

    Family Time

    Family Time

  • Schedule one family meal together daily
  • Take time to share or listen (no radio or TV) I Provide time to discuss and develop values
    needed at home, school and in adult life (mutual respect, responsibility, spirituality, etc.)
  • As a family, develop consistent family rules. Routinely discuss and carry out these rules
  • Provide time for family experiences and trips to places of interest
  • Health, Safety, and Fitness

    Health, Safety, and Fitness

  • Plan for at least 8 hours of sleep each night I Limit junk food and eat breakfast every day
  • Expect 1/2 to one hour of exercise each day
  • Plan nutritious meals with plenty of grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Update immunizations; regularly schedule dentist and doctor visits
  • Lock up all firearms and poisonous materials
  • Learn about child development
  • Encourage cleanliness and good grooming
  • Make available information and talk about alcohol, drugs and other harmful practices
  • Know your child's friends
  • Study Skills

    Study Skills

    Help your child review materials for tests

  • Allow time for family reading, silently and aloud (encourage reading for pleasure by setting a good example)
  • Set aside special homework time daily
  • Limit television to one hour a day (including educational programming)
  • For high school students, limit work hours to allow time for schoolwork and hobbies
  • Provide access to learning games, reference materials, and study guides
  • Help your child learn the testing vocabulary