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					                                          TEACHERS & PARENTS

Working together to help our children succeed

Helping our children succeed takes strong ties between home and school.

Some Suggestions

   Read everything - newspapers, advertisements, billboards, cereal boxes, street signs, magazines.
   Use globes and atlases to explore geography and other cultures.
   Draw maps of familiar routes, neighbourhoods and surroundings.
   Play age-appropriate games: Scrabble, I Spy and Pictionary to build vocabulary.
    Concentration, Rummy and card games to build math skills. Trivial Pursuit for general knowledge.
   Involve children in household chores.
   Encourage your child to start a scrapbook or keep a journal.
   Tell stories about your own childhood, family history and traditions.
   Visit museums, galleries and local landmarks.
   Discuss TV programs with your child.
   Explore nature by taking walks, collecting and sorting leaves, rocks and other items,
    starting a garden or growing houseplants

Additional Resources

   Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso, 1995.
   Raising Great Kids: Age 6 to 12 edited by Christine Langlois, A Canadian Living Family Book, 1999.
   OWL and Chickadee Magazines: www.owl.bc.ca
   BC Kids: www.cbc4kids.ca TVO for Parents and Kids: www.tvo.org/familyweb


ENCOURAGING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD LEARNING

Together, we can help children acquire the knowledge they need.

AT SCHOOL, TEACHERS STRIVE TO

   Link coursework and skills to everyday life experiences;
   Establish a safe and supportive place to learn
   Provide a model for curiosity, enthusiasm, and joy of learning; and
   Maintain ongoing contact with parents.


AT HOME, AS A PARENT OR CAREGIVER, YOU CAN

   Encourage your child's best effort
   Find ways to relate what your children are learning in the classroom to their home life;
   Share your own enthusiasm for learning; and
   Speak regularly with your child's teacher.
                             ESTABLISHING GOOD WORK HABITS

Together, we can help children build a solid foundation for the future

AT SCHOOL, TEACHERS STRIVE TO

   communicate clear, challenging and achievable expectations for students;
   establish and maintain standards for student behaviour;
   reinforce the rights and responsibilities students have as citizens;
   assess student performance in a variety of ways; and
   report and provide ongoing feedback on individual achievement to students and parents.

AT HOME, AS A PARENT OR CAREGIVER, YOU CAN

   point out what you like about your child's work first - then offer suggestions for revisions;
   establish a regular time and quiet place for doing homework;
   help your child set priorities and schedule work;
   help your child with challenging assignments without doing the work;
   take time to review your child's school work and homework assignments; and
   provide opportunities for play and rest each day.


                              BUILDING A POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE

Together, we can help children develop their sense of worth.

AT SCHOOL, TEACHERS STRIVE TO

 help students appreciate their own identity, learn more of their cultural heritage and build
  self-esteem;
 use a range of teaching methods to address learning, cultural, spiritual, and language
  differences, and family situations; and
 treat students equitably and with respect.

AT HOME, AS A PARENT OR CAREGIVER YOU CAN

   encourage your child by building on strengths;
   provide opportunities for your child to spend time playing with other children;
   help your child recognize progress; and
   treat your child as a capable, valuable and responsible individual.


 Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

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