1) Monitor your students’ school work. One way to do this is to have
them check in with you after school and share how their day went. A
good opening question to help them communicate about this is to ask,
“What did you learn in school today?” If you get a vague answer, follow
-up by asking them about specific subjects such as: math, reading, or
2) Make sure your children get to school. The more students are in
school, the higher their achievement. Children cannot learn if they are
not in school. In addition, poor attendance causes students to get
behind in their learning and catching up can be very difficult when they
return. In fact, poor attendance causes students to get behind in their
learning and catching up can be very difficult when they return. In fact,
poor attendance is often the first step to students being unsuccessful at
3) Reward their efforts. Rewarding students for high grades is not as
effective as rewarding them for their effort. Students are always trying
and want to make you proud. Therefore, the best way to motive further
effort is to notice it, to praise it, and to reward it.
4) Talk up the idea of going to college. I know your students are only in
elementary school, but this should start at a very young age. As a staff, we are always talking about where we went to college and how we benefitted from it. For students to be successful it takes more than a high school diploma. In the 21st century, almost all students need a college degree to ensure a successful life. Having students set higher education as a target early in their lives will help them set ambitious goals for their academic progress as they proceed through school.
5) Finally, be involved! How important is parent involvement in their
children’s education? Studying shows that it may be the top factor
leading to student success. At McKinley Elementary School, we offer many opportunities to be involved in your student’s education. Please join us whenever you are available.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.