Elementary Students and Their Parents

Teacher assisting students with reading assignment.

As a parent, you are your child’s most ardent supporter and have the most vital role in their academic success. To confirm this, research shows what we all already know: No one makes more of an impact in children’s lives than close adult relatives and mentors. You make a difference in your child’s academic success, simply, by being a part of your child’s everyday school experience. Your level of education and/or abilities should not determine your child’s ability to succeed in school.

Be involved! Children do better in school when parents and guardians participate in their learning. To be involved means attend school events, join parent/guardian groups, monitor grades and assignments, and visit your child’s school website. For additional information on your child’s academic progress and upcoming test, contact the school. Let your children know the importance of their schoolworkand how interested you are in what they are doing. Ask them daily:

• What did they do at school?

• What homework must be finished for the next day?

• What needs to be done on a future project?