eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018

Monday, March 18, 2019
Review the rules that make school a safer place to learn

We all want to ensure that students are safe while learning. To help, make sure you and your child both know the school rules and safety policies. Be clear about exactly what is and isn’t allowed. You might say, “Hitting isn’t allowed, even if another child makes you very angry.” Ask your child about behavior that goes on at school, too. And if your child has experienced or witnessed bullying, let the school know.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Nutrition and exercise build brainpower

March is National Nutrition Month. So it’s a great time to talk with your child about healthy eating and the foods that will nourish his developing brain. Exercise is also critical. Encourage your child to turn off electronic devices and have a push up contest, walk up and down the stairs 20 times or shoot some hoops. Or go for a walk as a family; kids get more exercise when their parents get involved!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Help your child be a good sport, on and off the fieldĀ 

Sports and sportsmanship should go hand in hand. But sometimes, kids feel they can break the rules as long as they win the game. Learning to win without gloating and lose without complaining will help your child on the field and in the classroom. Ask your child if she abides by the rules of the game, plays fair and follows the coach’s directions. Remind her that good sports share in the responsibilities of the team.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Put the world at your child’s fingertips

Geography is a challenge for many kids. Posting a large world map in your home, where it’s easy to see and touch, can help your child begin to master it. Encourage him to locate the places where his clothes and toys are made on the map. Help him find the places that are mentioned in his books and on TV. Your child might also enjoy using the map to follow the travels of a favorite band or sports team.

Friday, March 22, 2019
Reach out to the teacher for homework help

If your child is struggling day after day with homework, contact her teacher. Explain what is happening and ask for suggestions. Your child might need extra help from a tutor, or a schedule to make up missed assignments. She may need more challenging assignments, or help with English. Work with the teacher on a plan to address the issue, then follow up.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Problem-solving is a skill kids learn by doing

Elementary students are developing their problem-solving skills. When your child comes to you with a problem, listen calmly and don’t immediately try to solve it. Encourage your child to come up with the answers, then let him talk. Restate what you hear him say, and ask questions to help him think. When a solution is your child’s idea, he’ll be more willing to act on it. And he’ll learn that he can solve problems!

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Build your child’s reading skills five ways

It takes several skills to master reading. Here’s how to practice five with your child: 1. Sound recognition: Separate words into their sound parts. 2. Understanding that letters represent sounds: Point to letters and say their sounds. 3. Vocabulary building: Use and repeat new words often. 4. Using comprehension strategies: Ask your child to retell the story. 5. Reading quickly and correctly: Read together often!