Educators: Get parents engaged with interactive homework assignments

When parents are interested and actively involved in their child’s homework assignments, that child is more likely to complete the assignments, and also to complete them successfully. Interactive homework assignments offer a great opportunity for parents to get involved.   Following are some research-based findings about interactive homework. When you make such assignments: Provide opportunities[…]

Educators: Grow parent engagement with a school learning garden

  Learning gardens are experiencing a surge in popularity in schools. It makes sense—they’re a great way for kids to learn, and they don’t need to take up much space (Some schools even dedicate a corner of the cafeteria to a “garden” in a window box!) Studies have shown that school learning gardens significantly increase[…]

Educators: Simple gifts tell parents they’re appreciated

Parent volunteers have helped you all year long. Now it’s time to express your appreciation. Here are some inexpensive gift ideas and suggestions for an accompanying thank-you note: A key-chain flashlight. “You helped our students shine!” A picture magnet. Put a thank-you note where the photo is usually placed. A measuring spoon set. “You helped[…]

Educators: Making values work

Parents are sometimes concerned when a school mentions teaching values. The first thing a school needs to do is to clarify that the values to be addressed are “universal” ones—values that transcend all cultures and religions, such as: caring, cooperation, honesty and moral courage. At a minimum, a values education program should focus on two[…]

Educators: Use Registration Time to Encourage At-Home Learning

As parents register their children for school, give them some parent handouts that emphasize the importance of learning at home. You might have several handouts available so parents can choose from topics such as: Ways to promote reading at home. Reading lists for various grade levels. Math activities to enjoy at home. Setting up a[…]

Educators: What Parents Want From Teacher Conferences

Parents want more than just “surface information” from teachers during parent-teacher conferences. Parents might be interested in test scores and attendance records. But they also want to delve deeper into their children’s school life. They want to know if their children are happy in school and how they interact with other students and adults. For[…]

Educators: Older Students More Likely to Have Single Parents

Parents of adolescents are more likely to be divorced, single or remarried than are parents of elementary school children, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Middle schools and high schools need to pay special attention to meeting the needs of single parents, and also to keeping both parents informed about their children’s education. Activities[…]

Educators: Give Families a ‘Fitness Challenge’

We know that students who eat right and exercise are not only healthier—they are also more fit for learning! So why not engage families in a food and fitness challenge? Suggest kids challenge their parents to see who can live the healthiest lifestyle for a week. The family member who eats the healthiest breakfasts and[…]