Message from the SEE Project Director
Parent With A Purpose
Summer 2006 is over and the children are heading back to school.
As the new school year begins for the students, let us as parents
and parent educators commit to a greater involvement in the educational
success of the children in our sphere of influence.
During the lazy days of summer, the academic lessons of the
school year take a backseat to fun-filled activities like picnics
in the parks, days at the beach, family vacations, and a long
list of recreational outings. Math formulae and scientific theories
are forgotten in the heat of summertime fun. As parent educators
we must help our children focus on discovering and reconnecting
to lessons learned in the past.
How can we parent with a purpose to help our students
achieve higher levels this academic year? We can partner with
the teachers and school to play a greater role in the success
of the student. Here are our "Top Ten Thoughts" to
help bring out the best in your child this school year.
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast and end with a good night's sleep;
- Meet with the teacher early in the school year to understand the expectations for each class;
- Provide stability (order in the home, safety, security, etc.);
- Provide a conducive environment for study and homework (cleanliness, clutter-free and well-lit study space);
- Encourage completion of homework early in the evening, before watching television and/or before fatigues sets in;
- Check homework for errors and completeness;
- Read aloud regularly to your elementary school child;
- Provide access to resources and reference materials. Utilize safe on-line websites that can reinforce classroom objectives. Check a new resource -- Mixing in Math, http://mixinginmath.terc.edu/ or similar sites for help. The resources on DELTASEE.ORG are informal science education activities that also reinforce classroom work.
- Be an active partner with your child's school: attend Home and School Association meetings, volunteer in your child's classroom or at a school special event, and participate in back to school nights and other academic meetings throughout the school year.
- Be a role model and head cheerleader
for your child, emphasizing constantly that you believe
in them and assuring them that they are capable of achieving
all that their hearts desire and their minds aspire.
In closing, please be reminded that the word "parent" is
indeed more than a noun; the word is most effective when it serves
as a verb! A verb reflects the action
being taken. As you “Parent With A Purpose,” may
your actions direct your child in having a great academic year
and encourage them to SEE life as Science& Everyday