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Conversations About School

When you think of parent involvement, do you picture moms and dads volunteering in the classrooms? That's one way to help--but research shows that supporting your child's education at home is even more important. Here are some conversation starters that will help you stay involved.

  • "Let's see what you brought home."
    Look at completed work to find out what your youngster is learning and how well she's doing. Also, respond to notes from her teacher, and sign her weekly folder or daily planner if required.
  • "Show me what you have for homework."
    It's your child's job to do her homework, but you play a role, too. After she finishes her homework, glance over the work to see it's complete.
  • "Describe a book you enjoyed today."
    This gives you an idea of what your youngster prefers to read. Encourage her reading and listening skills by reading aloud to her and letting her read to you.
  • "Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about." Use her interests as jumping-off points for activites to share.

--Home & School Connection, 2017 Resources for Educators