Supporting success in school

If school is important to you, it will be important to your child. If your child feels good about his or her schoolwork, the chances for your child to succeed in school increase.

Your involvement in your child's education is also one of the best investments you can make. Research shows that when parents get involved, their children:

  1. Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.
  2. Are more likely to pursue higher education.
  3. Earn better grades and test scores.
  4. Graduate from high school at higher rates.

Some parents have the time to become involved in many ways. Others may only have the time for one or two activities. Your involvement might be as simple as asking your children, "What was the most interesting thing you found out today?" or "What did you learn today that you would like to know more about?" By asking something about their day, each and every day, you will be communicating the message that their school life is important to you and that you expect them to learn. If you become involved and stay involved, you will make a big difference.

Homework and study skills
Get concrete ideas about how you can help your children develop good study skills and be successful with their homework assignments.

Becoming involved in your children's education can be reading with your children regularly, taking time to listen to your children reflect on their day, or encouraging their efforts to learn. It is also important to:

If you have time, you can also support school in other ways:

Elementary school involvement and student success

As your children begin school, find reasons to praise them every day. Each child has unique talents and strengths. Help each one focus on what he or she does well by reinforcing these assets. Let your children know that you think they are valuable, capable people and that you know they can succeed.

Have high expectations for your children's learning and behavior, both at home and at school. When you expect the best from your children, they will rise to your expectations. Help your children take responsibility for their choices. Teach your children how to set and achieve goals. Be a good role model for getting work done before play.

Make sure your children are getting the best education possible by working directly with your their school and teachers.

Talk with your children's teachers:

Talk with your children about their schoolwork:

Help your children develop routines:

Teach your child to love to read:

Create a study environment in your home:

Spend time with your children at home: