Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
Show interest in school work
- Talk about school each day.
- Ask to see classwork.
- Have your child read aloud to you.
- Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
- Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
- Show appreciation for good efforts.
Offer suggestions for success
- Read the assignment when it is given.
- Keep a list of new vocabulary.
- Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
- Review notes before a test.
Schedule study time
Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.
Fun activities for you and your elementary school child:
- Today is National Kids Day. Help your child plan an activity to celebrate it with the entire family
- Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him.
- Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
- Put on a history play with your child today. Help him learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
- Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask her to create letters and numbers.
- Ask your child to help make lunch today. He can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together..
- Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting her skin.
- Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
- School's on the way! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask her to cross off each day at bedtime.
- Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help him make a list of things that he would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.
- Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
- Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask her to brainstorm a list of things that she will need for school.
- Help your child make a kite today. He can decorate it and fly it at the park.
- Teach your child about recycling. Show her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
- Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask him to draw pictures of the animals that he saw today.
- Visit the library with your child today. Encourage her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
- On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. He can pretend to be a forest ranger.
- Help your child practice her math skills. Ask her to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.
- Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
- On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her name vertically. Using each letter, help her write words that describe her personality.
- Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out licence plates billboards and interesting road signs.
- Tell your child that you love her today and every day.
- Help your child create and design his own phone book . Make a list of his friends names and phone numbers.
- How much does your child know about her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help her create a family tree.
- Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
- Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let him express himself through art.
- Teach your child about textures today. Ask her to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.
- Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. He can mail it to them for a back to school present.
- Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
- Have a back to school party for some of your child's friends.
- Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.