Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Helping Parents Help Their Children

I'm revisiting this post for Throw Back Thursday.
This is my second most view post, so I thought it would be a good one to share again.  It has been shared on Pinterest over and over again.  It's a good resource to hand out to parents at the beginning of the year.

I feel that I am very fortunate as a parent to also be a teacher.  For the most part, I have a pretty good idea of how to help my child succeed in school.  Of course, we will have many bumps in the road, but being a teacher, I at least have a fairly good idea of how to help with school work.  Unfortunately, many parents that we come into contact with, do not know how to help their child in school.  I was reminded of this again today when I had a conversation with one of the parents of a student in my class. 
She was asking what she could do to help her child at home.  She told me that she never felt like a good reader in school and no one from her family had ever gone to college, so she wasn't real confident in how to help her child with reading or math.  She told me that even though she wasn't good at school, she wanted her child to be smart and make something for herself.  Broke my heart!    It doesn't matter your race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, EVERY parent wants the best for their child.
We are having a 1st grade parent meeting this Thursday and I will be giving these handouts to my student's parents to give them ideas of how to help their child at home.  

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I'd love to hear any other ways that you help your student's parents help their children.
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18 comments:

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Very easy and simple for parents to follow. It is always humbling to have a parent admit that they want more for their child than they did! I can't wait to share these with my team. Thanks again!

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  2. These are great! Thank you for sharing!!

    During some of our parent nights, we break the families into groups for a make and take night. We'll model some activities they can do at home with their child and then they make their own set and practice playing it together.

    We have found that they appreciate help with math just as much as they want reading help.

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  3. Thank you for your amazing blog. I have enjoyed using so many of your ideas. I have not taught 1st for a long time and it is refreshing to have so many great ideas at my finger tips. I love the fun and learning your ideas create in the classroom.

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  4. I am getting a message that I don't have permission to view the document :(

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  5. You're awesome for sharing these valuable resources!!! I LOVE them!! THANK YOU!!!


    Anna

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  6. Thank you!! Just in time for Open House. You rock!

    ✩Alicia
    First Grade Factory

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  7. Our math curriculum has numerous games. When we can we send a game home with the students to play with their parents.

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  9. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Very easy and simple for parents to follow. It is always humbling to have a parent admit that they want more for their child than they did! I can't wait to share these with my team. Thanks again!
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  10. Thank you!! I've started to sift through my options for handouts at conferences. These are wonderful!

    Love the "pin it" button at the bottom of the post, too.
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  11. Awesome parent letter and very well timed. Mine are next week. Thanks for sharing.
    Christy
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  12. These are great. I will for sure use these.

    Thanks!

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  13. Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thank you! I love these questions! I plan on sending them home at the beginning of the year and again at parent teacher conferences.

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  15. I would love to use this but I also need it in Spanish. Any ideas?

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  16. Thanks for this awesome post... I really like this..!
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  17. These are great! Just found them on Pinterest, and saved them for use in my new primary classroom in the fall! Thanks for sharing! :)

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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