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Success In School Begins At Home


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Parents helping to make their children successful and keep them safe

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Success In School Begins At Home

  1. 1. <ul><li>By Barbara Felton </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Technology Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Wellfleet Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Wellfleet, MA </li></ul>Helping Your Child to be Successful and Safe
  2. 2. Success in School Begins at Home <ul><li>Make sure your children get enough sleep according to their needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your child arrives on time for school. Missing a few minutes of work each day adds up very fast. </li></ul>Have your child come to school alert and ready to learn.
  3. 3. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>There should be a regular time to do homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Children should do their homework in a central area such as the dining room. </li></ul><ul><li>If your child asks for help, work with him/her to arrive at the answer. </li></ul>Helping Your Child to Do His/Her Homework
  4. 4. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>Prevent your child from experiencing “overload” from too many activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Help your child prioritize what outside activities he/she would like to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it clear that participating in too many activities may cause “burnout.” </li></ul>Giving Your Children Time to Be Themselves
  5. 5. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>Call your child frequently. </li></ul><ul><li>Have the phone where you are posted so your child can easily see it. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, have someone stop in to check on your child. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it clear to your child not to let anyone in that you have not told him/her is coming. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, have an activity out for your child to do. </li></ul>If You Can’t Be There When Your Child Gets Home
  6. 6. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>If possible, get to know the parents of a potential playmate. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe their play. </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor their dialogue. Is there swearing or bullying behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>If there is a questionable playmate situation, invite the child to your house to play. </li></ul><ul><li>If your child still insists on this playmate, try to arrive at a solution together. </li></ul><ul><li>If this does not work, help your child choose more suitable playmates. </li></ul>Help Your Children Choose Their Playmates
  7. 7. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>Intervene if the play becomes to rough or dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>You might wish to prohibit play that simulates violence, i.e. playing with toy guns, sticks, or laser pointers. </li></ul><ul><li>The children should be where you can see them at all times. </li></ul>Restrict the Type of Play X X X
  8. 8. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>Keep the television in an open area. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a time for watching TV early in the evening. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are able, program your TV to block shows that are undesirable for children to watch. </li></ul><ul><li>If not, make sure child does not watch adult oriented shows with violence or killings. </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict trips to the movies or rentals to G or PG movies. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, you probably cannot control what your child watches at a friend’s house. </li></ul>Preventing Your Child from Exposure to Violence
  9. 9. A Child’s Success Begins at Home <ul><li>Set a definite time for use of the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict how long the child is using the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>The computer should be located in a highly traveled, central location. </li></ul><ul><li>The child should not have a computer in his/her room. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have blocking software, be sure it is active. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe what your child is doing on the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Caution your child to never give out either his first or last name nor where he lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Your child should never send his/her picture. </li></ul><ul><li>Your child should never give out to anybody his/her Internet password. </li></ul><ul><li>Assure you child that he/she can come to you if there is something on the computer screen that makes the child anxious. </li></ul>Keep Your Child Internet Safe
  10. 10. Your Children’s Success in the Future <ul><li>Life has its twists and turns. With you help, your children will be </li></ul><ul><li>better able to deal with them and move forward in a positive way. </li></ul>