Helping Your Child to be Successful at School

Your school age children often spend more time with their teachers than they do with you. It is important that you, your children, and their teachers have a good working relationship. A good relationship will help your child do better in school as well as reduce stress in your life.

Parental Involvement in School

Studies have indicated that children whose parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education tend to do better in school. Some benefits that have been identified that measure parental involvement in education include:

1. Higher grades and test scores

2. Long term academic achievement

3. Positive attitudes and behavior

4. More successful programs

5. More effective schools

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/succeed/01-parental.html

Why must my child go to school regularly?

Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life. Here are a few reasons why it is important to attend school regularly:

1. They will not be able to keep up with school work.

2. Employers will want to be sure that the people they are
hiring are reliable. So children who have not attended their school

regularly have less chance of getting a job.

3. Young people who are off school are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse.

4. Children may also be drawn into antisocial or criminal behavior.

PTA websites provide information and resources for parents on how to assist their children to be more successful in school.

National PTA

http://www.pta.org/

California PTA

http://www.capta.org/

National Education Association (NEA)

http://www.nea.org/parents/nearesources-parents.html

How Parents Can Support Gifted Children

http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/parents.gifted.html

Department of Education; especially for parents

http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml?src=pn

Art Advocacy Resources

The Arts:

 Teach learners to be more tolerant and open.

  Allow learners to express themselves creatively.

  Promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance.

   Help troubled youth, providing an alternative to delinquent behavior and truancy while providing an improved attitude towards school.

  Help all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them.

  Help students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting--skills needed to succeed in the

classroom and beyond.

  Strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.

  Help students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done.

http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/advocacy.htm

SMARTS: BRING BACK THE ARTS

http://www.capta.org/sections/programs-smarts/index.cfm

National Art Education Association

http://www.naea-reston.org/whyart.html

Art Department Main / General Art Instruction /Academy of Art and Technology / The Media Academy