Elementary Parent Guides
How to Use the Parent Guide:
This guide gives you the tools you need to support your child at home. In this booklet, you’ll find strategies based on the district’s curriculum to help your child meet his or her learning goals. You’ll have a better understanding of what your child is learning in school and how you can further learning at home. In addition, this guide provides specific strategies to implement at home.
What You Can Do:
You play a very important role in your child’s academic performance. Here are some things you can do to support learning at home:
- Talk to your child about what is happening at school
- Advocate for your child
- Share your child’s strengths with their teacher
- Play vocabulary games. Make a game out of broadening your child’s vocabulary. Choose five new words a week and see how often everyone in the family can use them in everyday conversations. This will help improve your child’s vocabulary, reading comprehension and speaking skills.
- Visit the local library with your child to check out books and participate in library activities
Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher:
When speaking with your child’s teacher about academic progress, here are a few questions you may want to consider asking:
- Can you show me examples of student work that meets the learning goals?
- May I see an example of my child’s work? How does it, or doesn’t it, meet the learning goals?
- What can I do at home?
- What classroom routines do you have that should also be used at home?
Talking to Your Child:
Good conversations help our children see that we are interested in their lives. Here are a few conversation starters you may want to consider asking:
- Tell me about the best part of your day.
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- Can you show me something you learned today?