Key to Success

Parent Involvement Is the Answer to the Most Important Question

Repeatedly, research has shown that parental involvement is the number-one determinant of how well children succeed in school. What can families do to make sure students are more successful?

Create an environment in your home that encourages and provides many different opportunities to learn. Make sure that appropriate materials from puzzles to paints to technology are available to stimulate their curiosity.

Provide your children with a well-balanced life. A stable Christian home, filled with love, serves as a solid foundation for academic achievement. Establish regular bedtimes, nourishing meals, and sufficient exercise. Limit watching television and playing of video/ electronic games.

Read to your children every day. Expand and enrich their vocabularies and broaden their experiences. Reading aloud exposes them to materials that would be difficult for them to read on their own. The more children read, the better their reading skills become. Make sure there is a wide variety of interesting reading materials in your home. Make bible reading a priority.

Help your children establish homework routines. Be available for when they need assistance. Help them to learn the importance of doing it well.

Teach your children how to be organized and how to use organizational tools such as assignment agenda, calendars, notebooks, binders, backpacks, etc.. Children who are organized find it much easier to succeed in school.

Teach them effective study skills. Make sure your children know how to read their textbooks, prepare for tests, memorize facts, and use their time efficiently. Encourage them to have a regular time for studying, and provide a study place that is free of distractions.

Encourage your children to participate in class which will greatly increase their interest in what they’re learning. Advise your older children to take notes, which will help them concentrate.

Pray with your children. Let them see your pray when you are troubled and when you are thankful. Allow them to say the prayer at the dinner table and at bedtime.

Express your interest in school by talking to them about their day and their class assignments. Work with your child to resolve problems when they occur.

Establish routines. A consistent plan for when you will check their agenda, for when the child will do their homework, for eating dinner, for preparing school materials for the next day, for family and independent reading, and for going to bed, not only helps the home run more smoothly, but it also creates a sense of security in the child.

Develop a good relationship with your children’s teachers by effectively communicating, following through with school requests, attending parent-teacher conferences, volunteering to help when needed, and showing appreciation to staff for all that they do for your children.

Whether your child is just starting preschool or entering their final year of high school, parent involvement is a great way to show him that you take an interest in his education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.