eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018
Stay in touch to strengthen your parent-teacher team

You and your child’s teacher are a team, working for the benefit of your child. Communication is what keeps that team strong. You can connect with the teacher when you volunteer during classroom activities, but that’s not the only way. Ask the teacher if you can call to discuss your child’s learning. You can also email or send a note in with your child (to be sure it is received, ask the teacher to initial and return it).

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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Talk about freedoms on Bill of Rights Day

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day in the United States. On this day in 1791, 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified. They became known as the Bill of Rights. Talk with your child about the freedoms this document grants. For example, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to a speedy and public trial by jury.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Trade anger for explanations when your child misbehaves 

It’s important to let your child know that she has misbehaved. Understanding what she did wrong is how she learns. But nothing is accomplished if you get angry and lose control. For more effective discipline, try this three-step process: 1. Calmly describe the behavior that is unacceptable. 2. Tell your child how it makes you feel when she does that. 3. Explain why the behavior isn’t allowed.

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Monday, December 17, 2018
Improve poor study habits in 15 minutes a day 

Often, children with poor study habits don’t change their habits because they don’t believe that a little extra effort can go a long way. To convince your child, try having him study one subject for 15 minutes longer than usual each day. He might use the time to work on difficult math problems or make up a sample test, for example. Then watch how this small extra effort affects his grades in that subject.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Social skills help your child get along in school

One of the best indicators of children’s future school success is their ability to interact with others. Class discussions, group projects and activities all require students to work with one another. To reinforce social skills at home, role-play being friendly, honest and a good listener with your child. Teach her to be a good sport. You can also do some cooperative projects, such as making a family dinner.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Be clear about what your expectations are

Parents communicate expectations to children in many ways: by what they say, how they act and how they react to others. Think about what you expect of your child with regard to grades, how much he should be reading, how he should behave in school, and how much education he should get (finish high school? college?). Then be sure you are expressing your expectations clearly and consistently.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Here’s a tasty way to improve math skills

Those grocery store ads that appear in your mailbox each week are great for helping your child practice math skills. Look through the ads with your child and have her cut out pictures of foods she likes along with their prices. Now challenge her to create and solve word problems using the pictures. “Emma bought one pound of bananas for 50 cents. How much would two pounds of bananas cost?”

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Museum visits offer fun ways to learn

A visit to a museum is a great way to keep children learning when they aren’t in school. Just talking about the exhibits can get kids excited about new information and ideas. Check out the website of a museum near you together. Then plan a family visit. Talk about what you will see. Your child will enjoy finding the things you’ve discussed and participating in museum activities that bring lessons to life.

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
The answers to your child’s questions are at the library

Children learn by asking questions. Answering some of them is easy. (No, you can’t stay up later. Tomorrow is a school day.) Others are harder. When your child asks you a question you can’t answer, suggest that you look up the answer together at the library. Write his questions on index cards and take them on your next library visit. Help your child find answers in reference books or other sources the librarian suggests.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Reinforce responsibility with a chore chart

Doing chores helps kids learn responsibility and the importance of contributing to the common good. A chore chart is a time-tested way to encourage that responsibility without nagging. Seeing “Feed the dog” on a chart beside her name makes it hard for your child to say she didn’t know she was supposed to do it. For younger kids, earning stickers they can add to the chart can be a great motivator.

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