eTip: Daily Parent Engagement Message

On May 1, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018
Join the celebration of education!

November 12-16 is American Education Week. Why not plan to visit your child’s classroom? As always, coordinate your visit with the teacher. While you are in the classroom, make note of things you can discuss later with your child, such as assignments, upcoming events, learning objectives and class rules. Then when you talk, express enthusiasm for school and what she is learning.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Choose discipline that teaches with love

Did you know the word “discipline” comes from a Latin word that refers to “teaching”? Most experts agree that the goal of all discipline should be to teach children, not to punish them. The late Dr. Lee Salk, a noted pediatrician and family dynamics researcher, suggested that discipline should be an “element in showing love for a child.” What are your family’s discipline policies teaching your child?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Make your child’s writing front page news

What can you do with your child when there is nothing to do? Improve his writing skills! Pretend you are reporters stalking a story for your local paper. Armed with notepads and pens, set out to observe people making “news” at the grocery store, the park or in your front yard. Write up your story together. Include a headline and bylines. When it’s finished, put your story in a scrapbook to enjoy in days to come.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Explain why keeping promises is a big deal

Responsible students can be counted on by their parents, teachers and classmates. But promises are often easier to make than to keep. Talk to your child about the importance of keeping her word. Ask her to think about what happens when people don’t do things they’ve said they would. Plants that don’t get watered wilt, garbage that isn’t taken out smells and animals who don’t get fed get hungry!

Friday, November 16, 2018
What’s in the cupboard? A grocery memory game

To succeed in school, your child must not only learn information, he must be able to recall it when he needs it. To boost his recall power, play a grocery game. After you shop, ask your child to help you put away the groceries. Once he has put away four or five items, ask him what they were. As his skills improve, increase the number of items gradually.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
With checklists, organization is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Help your child be organized for school by teaching her to use checklists. She can use a “head-to-toe” checklist, for example, to make sure she’s ready: “My hat is on my head, my coat is on my body, my backpack is on my back. My gloves are on my hands. My boots are on my feet.” Have her make another list of items she always needs to take to school. Post it on the front door where she can check it on the way out.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
A personal time line helps kids relate to history

Time lines are a great way to help students see how historic events relate. Help your child make one by focusing on the part of history he knows best: his lifetime. Draw a line across a long piece of paper. Mark your child’s birth at the left end, and divide the line into years. Together, write major events in his life above the line. Below the line, record important historical events that happened in those years.