Engaging is an ongoing process.
Parents and families are our most important partners in educating children. In keeping with this philosophy, there are many ways for families to become engaged in their child’s school and education.
We encourage families to discuss their children’s experiences at school daily. This discussion can involve what the child learned at school, any homework that was assigned, when assignments are due and if the teacher has requested anything from you or your child. It is also important to ask questions about their social experiences at school (who their friends are, extra-curricular involvement).
Here are some of the ways to get involved and keep engaged with your child's learning at home and at school:
- Review homework and assignments and any communication from the teacher daily.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher on a frequent basis (ask your child’s teacher what method of communication is preferred).
- Ask questions regarding your child’s progress (academically and socially).
- Attend or ask to arrange meetings to review your child’s progress and achievement.
- Advocate for your child’s needs by sharing your child’s strengths and needs.
- Read to your child and listen to your child read (in any language) and ask questions before, during and after reading.
- Speak, read and write with your child in your home language – English literacy development is not delayed when additional languages are introduced to children. In fact, it strengthens literacy achievement.
- Play learning games (i.e., interactive board games). Be creative and create games.
- Tell and share stories.
- Talk to your child about his/her day at school (ask them what they learnt and how they can improve).
- Make sure there is a quiet space to do homework.
- Ask questions about what happened at school that have a response other than ‘yes’ or ‘no.’
- Encouraging your child to share their ideas, their interests and ask questions at home and school.
- Supervise them while they are on the internet to ensure they are navigating the internet safety and communicating with others in a safe manner.
- Join the school council or attend a meeting.
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