September 12, 2011

Parents - Students - Teachers

In an effort to inspire and encourage parents this school year,
parents are encouraged to be involved in the learning experience
at their child's school. Parents are an important key to their child's
academic success, data and actual evidence supports this.
The school year has started and a learning tone is being
established, the first consideration, do parents
really feel they should support their child's school? Understanding,
knowing when to ask for help with a struggling student is just
as important as asking why parents need help for their children
to be successful this school year.
There are key reasons why parents need to be involved.
Their child may need assistance sometime during
the school year and parents should and need to be involved.
Involvement and investment in education is interconnected
to the overall learning in schools and should continue in the
homes of students.

Stated in PBS Kids (Going To School) "parents attitudes
about education can inspire their (children) and show them
how to take charge of their own educational journey."
Accountability and responsibility are components that students
must learn early and should be taught by the parent or guardian.
The traditional school year is a 180 day knowledge experience;
the first several weeks of school are important because quality
for learning is established.  Preparation has been established
by teachers even  before pre planning when the school year
starts for teachers. The first few weeks for students is
establishing learning procedures and strategies for the school

Students set a tone of whether they |choose to be successful
or challenge the foundation of learning in the classroom.
Significantly parents have a choice whether they are going to be supportive,
involved or disruptive in the learning experience of their child(ren).
Parents are the first teachers, role models, inspirations, and
foundations to success for their children.  When parents start
to consider where their child(ren) will attend school they must
consider their involvement in the learning process as well.
Parents cannot just "drop" their children at school and
expect teachers to teach everything. Again stated in PBS Kids
that applies to parents, "When a young child begins formal
school, the parent's job is to show them how school can extend
the learning you (the parent) began together at home, and
how exciting and meaningful this learning can be."

When parents do not prepare their children for formal school
they are the ones that create educational setbacks and
handicaps. Parents cannot be ignorant to think that teachers
should teach what parents are morally and ethically accountable
for. Teachers teach academics not morals and ethics.
Children learn differently, if a parent does not know how
their child learns they are not connected with a key
educational component. Children learn by a mixture of
modalities (learning tools); visually (through making and
seeing), tactile (building and manipulation), auditory
(pay attention through hearing).

Schools provide the environment to learn in a structured,
supportive and academically sound environment.
The career of an educator tries to establish no room for
failure or setbacks. Parents involved in this learning
environment take over at home. They can assist their
child by encouraging them to do their home work,
school projects, reading and making learning opportunities

Andrew Robinson Elementary provides parents with motivation
and encouragement in their environment from all modalities.
The theme of College Preparation is not taken lightly. The
educational environment is enhanced to show visual, tactile,
and auditory learning for students and the implementation
of reading.

Reading is Fundamental to all Learning
Stated by Shiketa Morgan, "as a childcare center owner of
14 years I see firsthand affects that reading has on young
children. Reading increases the attention span, it expands
a child's vocabulary, and it promotes the love of books in
young children. My favorite quote is: "The nation that reads
much, knows much." Thomas Jefferson
Shiketa Morgan (

Parents no matter your reading level read with your child 
or children, the more you read the stronger reader you will
become. You will gain a new respect and admiration from
your child / children as they watch you grow in your reading
ability as you and they both read together.
Susan Becker, M. Ed.  "Read aloud regularly, even to older
kids. If your child is a reluctant reader, reading aloud will
expose them to the structure and vocabulary of good literature
and get them interested in  reading more. 
Alternating reading: you read one chapter aloud, they read
another to themselves.
And let kids pick the books they like."

Educational Tips are provided below for students and
parents to work by to build a solid educational foundation
from elementary school to college entrance.

Student Responsibility:
Attend school regularly and be on time for class each day
Complete homework and class work
Follow school and classroom rules and expectations
Participate in class, complete and turn in all work
Read each day
Treat everyone with respect and dignity
Wear appropriate clothing that complies to the guidelines
of the Code of Conduct School
Encourage your parent's participation
Treat everyone with respect and dignity

Parent Responsibility
Participate in school activities, i.e. Open House, PTA
Meeting/Activities and Parent Nights
Attend all parent/teacher conferences
Ensure prompt daily attendance by 8:30 a.m. each day
Provide and ensure appropriate dress for your child
according to the District's Code of Conduct
Set aside a time and place for your child to do his/her
homework, free from distractions
Support and cooperate with school staff
Support a safe school environment
Treat everyone with respect and dignity

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