Where Children Spend Their Time:
- School age children spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school.
- The earlier in a child's educational process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects.
- The most effective forms of parent involvement are those that engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.
- 86% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve schools.
- Lack of parental involvement is the biggest problem facing public schools.
- Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have (1) higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; (2) better school attendance; (3) Increased motivation, better self-esteem; (4) lower suspension rates; (5) decreased use of alcohol and drugs; (6) fewer instances of violent behavior.
- Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status.
- The more intensly parents are involved, the more beneficial the achievement effects.
- The more parents partipate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level, the better for student achievement.
- Among the most consistent predictors of children's academic achievement and social adjustment is parent expectations of the child's academic attainment.
- Parents of high-achieving students set higher standards for their children's educational activities than parents of low-achieveing students.
The Michigan Department of Education also found that families whose children were doing well in school exhibited the following characteristics:
- Established a daily family routine. Example: Providing time and a quiet place to study, assigning responsibility for household chores, being firm about bedtime and having dinner together.
- Monitored out-of-school activities. Example: Setting limits on TV watching, checking up on children when parents are not home, arranging for after-school activities and supervised care.
- Modeled the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work. Example: Communicating through questioning and conversation, demonstrating that achievement comes from working hard.
- Expressed high but realistic expectations for achievement. Example: Setting goals and standards that are appropriate for the child's age and maturity, recognizing and encouraging special talents, informing friends and family about successes.
- Encouraged children's development/progress in school. Example: Maintaining a warm and supportive home, showing interest in children's progress in school, helping with homework, discussing the value of a good education and possible career options, staying in touch with teachers and school staff.
- Encouraged reading, writing and discussions among family members. Example: Reading, listening to children read and talking about what is being read.
Message for 2012...
|Sandi Zobrest (Nonna)|