Parenting for School Success
Parents are a child’s first teacher. Whether you are a stay at home mom/dad, or a parent working two jobs, there are always opportunities to strengthen your child’s curiosity, as well as a multitude of other skills, that will help him/her in academic pursuits. The key is learning to recognize these teachable moments and what explicit skills to be aware of.
The purpose of this section is to help parents teach their child(ren) and ultimately better prepare them for the Kindergarten Entrance Exam.
See the subpages for examples of key skills and how these can be strengthened in every day life:
- Aural Reasoning
- Fine Motor Skills
- Language Development
- Listening Skills / Following Directions
- Patterns & Sequences
- Social & Emotional
- Spatial Awareness
Currently, much is said and done about the positive effect of the school and home partnership. Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate. Parents are urged to get involved in their child’s school in a variety of ways. Homework demonstrates to parents the material presented in class as well as their child’s abilities in various subjects.
It is an immitigable fact that children benefit from a harmonious and nurturing family life. Parents that set limits, encourage responsible behavior and use active listening skills raise children that are more likely to be motivated and confident in school and life.
Parents from middle to high socioeconomic groups are more likely to develop a parenting plan and seek out assistance from a variety of sources such as family counseling, books, videos, classes and special offerings from organizations in which they are members. Parents from low socioeconomic groups are less likely to seek assistance and more likely to tolerate unhealthy patterns.
Schools and families will benefit when parents elevate their parenting skills. Students and schools will see academic improvement when we focus on the needs of the family in the home. This has been ignored for too long and though it seems apparent, little has been done to address this issue.
As a trained and experienced education professional, I will address the long ignored connection between healthy families and academic success by actively reaching out to groups who may or may not have access to parent education. I will not only seek out families in need, but offer flexible support to insure that families benefit in significant ways. I will engage with families utilizing direct instruction strategies based on the needs of the participants, rather than a structured one size fits all curriculum, resulting in greater success for all participants. Parents, children and communities will appreciate the immediate and long lasting rewards from elevated parenting.
With my methods parents will:
- Develop a discipline plan that is right for them
- Learn strategies that promote responsible behavior
- Increase their communication skills by learning to be an active listener
- Realize the benefits of parental unity
- Be exposed to guidelines for healthy development