Check-Off List for Parents

In order to keep you informed and assist you with your efforts, please take a moment to look at these ideas to see where you might help your child be successful.

__ My child is checking his/her grades online at school or home to make sure that s/he has all work turned in. I look at my child’s online reports on a regular basis. (URL for grades is You or your child type in the username and password to access information.)

__ When my child is missing work (indicated by an "M" in the online grading program), I encourage him/her to make up the work.

__ My child is writing down and showing me the weekly list of activities and academic events that we record into our planners. (This happens every Monday. Students take their planners home that night, get their planners signed by you, and then return the planners to me the next day.)

__ My child is writing down and showing me the weekly list of spelling words so that I can help him/her study for the weekly spelling test. (Students study a longer words or shorter words list. Each list is twenty words long. We take a practice test the day before the real test.) Spelling tests are on Friday. We've a new fun spelling/vocabulary site where students go to have fun practicing their weekly words:

__ My child is writing down and showing me the weekly list of vocabulary words so that I can help him/her study for the weekly vocabulary test. These tests are also on Friday. (Use the site above for practice, if you wish.)

__ My child is writing down and showing me the weekly story so that I can have him/her read some of the story orally to me sometime during the week and ask him/her comprehension questions.

__ My child is reading twenty minutes every weeknight. Sometimes s/he reads out loud to someone in our family in order to develop oral fluency.

__ My child is studying math twenty minutes every night – doing the nightly math homework. Encourage your child to do the weekly Math Olympiad tests to develop problem solving skills.

__ My child is tracking his/her reading and math on the LEARN calendar that is given out the first of each month. I sign this calendar and send it back with my child at the end of the month.

__ My child is tracking his/her Golden Sneaker points on the monthly LEARN calendar. (This is an optional program for the Golden Sneaker Award at the end of the year.)

__ I am checking with my child to make sure that s/he has sufficient reading material. (In my class students must always have something to read when they finish their work.) Each student must read and report on 400 pages per term. Every book report must be signed by a parent.

__ I spend a few minutes at night talking with my child about his/her school day.

Suggestions for Success. . .Ways to Help Your Child Learn

Here are some simple tips for parents who want to prepare their children to be lifelong readers:
1. Read to your child.
2. Talk to your child.
3. Have plenty of books, magazines and writing materials accessible to your child.
4. Set limits of television and video games.
5. Set an example by being a reader yourself.
6. Discuss the characters in a story.
7. Sequence the order of events in a story.
8. Have your child answer specific questions relating to the story.
Math Suggestions. . .
1. Parental involvement in mathematical activities which focus on problem-solving, logical thinking and reasoning skills will facilitate your child's mastery of math concepts, operational skills, and basic math facts.
2. Make sure your child has mastery of basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
3. Help your child to see that s/he can be a problem solver: investigating, exploring, asking questions, finding different ways to solve problems.
4. Encourage him/her to show his/her work, so we can figure out what s/he did wrong or well.
5. Expect your child to do well. Praise him/her for good grades, and encourage him/her to figure out how to correct the problems s/he got wrong, so s/he learns from mistakes.
6. Play games that use math.
7. Show your child how you use math. Let him/her help. For example: When eating dinner at a restaurant, allow your child to figure out the total and the tip.
8. Point out just how many jobs require math skills.
Does Your Home Encourage Learning?
Score two points for each statement that is almost always true of your home; score one point if it is sometimes true; score zero if it is rarely or never true.
1. Everyone in my family has a household responsibility, at least one chore that must be done on time.
2. We have regular times for members of the family to eat, sleep, play, work, and study.
3. School work and reading come before play, TV, or even other work.
4. I praise my child for good schoolwork, sometimes in front of other people.
5. My child has a quiet place to study, a desk or table at which to work, and books, including a dictionary or other reference material.
6. Members of my family talk about hobbies, games, news, the books we are reading, and movies and TV programs we have seen.
7. The family visits museums, libraries, zoos, historical sites, and other places of interest.
8. I encourage good speech habits, helping my child to use the correct words and phrases, and to learn new ones.
9. At dinner, or some other daily occasion, our family talks about the day’s events, with a chance for everyone to speak and be listened to.
10. I know my child’s current teacher, what my child is doing in school, and which learning materials are being used.
11. I expect quality work and good grades. I know my child’s strengths and weaknesses and give encouragement and special help when they are needed.
12. I talk to my child about the future, about planning for high school and college, and about aiming for a high level of education and vocation.
If you scored ten or more, your home ranks in the top one-fourth in terms of the support and encouragement you give your child for school learning. If you scored six or lower, you home is in the bottom one-fourth. If you scored somewhere in-between, you are average in the support you give your child for school learning.