A Parent is a Child's First Teacher

A Parent is a Child's First Teacher
Posted on 08/30/2018

We are committed to providing the best education for our children whether we shape it as a teacher, guide it as a parent, or support it as administrators. We know the beginning of the school year can be both exciting and nerve-racking for parents. Here’s what you need know to help your child succeed in school and make the most of the time you spend with them.

Encourage Your Child to Read
Reading is the key to lifelong learning – it helps children in all school subjects. When your child sees that reading is important to you, they will likely realize it’s important to them, too.

Talk with Your Child
Talking and listening play a major role in children’s school success. It’s through hearing and listening that young children begin to pick up language skills they need. Find time to talk any place, back and forth. Show your child you’re interested in what they have to say.

Monitor Homework
Read teacher notes and designate a special place for your child to work on projects. Set a regular time for homework, remove distractions and show interest and praise in what they do.

Encourage Your Child to Be Responsible
Have your child help you set rules, and make sure that you enforce them consistently. Make it clear that they are responsible for what they do, at home and school and that there are consequences.  

Encourage Active Learning
Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. It can also take place when your child plays sports, has a playdate, or visits museums. Listen to your child’s ideas and respond positively to them.

As a parent and their most important teacher, you can help your child want to learn in a way no one else can. As partners in your child’s education, we are looking forward to working together in making this a great year full of learning and fun! 

Communication is very important. If you have any questions, concerns or celebrations that you’d like to share, please reach out to your Head Start center.