Did you know that according to some studies, the effort of the parent is more important to student success than the effort of the kid or the school? Crazy, huh? I've also read that a child who has stories read to him/her every night will have more life chances than a kid who attends a fancy private school. So...
What is expected of me as a 4th grade parent?
- Please make sure your child is at school, ready to learn, every day.
- Communicate any questions or concerns. I am here to help and I truly value your feedback!
- Ensure that your child is reading for 30 minutes a night.
- Speak positively about school and have discussions with your child about what he or she is reading. (Click here for simple questions you can ask.) Show him/her how much you value education!
- Sign student conduct sheets every Tuesday. Provide appropriate and consistent consequences/rewards.
- Check your child's Smith Folder every Tuesday for important school papers, then empty the folder.
- Follow through with parent-teacher conferences. These conversations are invaluable!
How can I get more involved?
- Consider volunteering! We LOVE our volunteers at Smith and we are always in need of more! Some volunteers help out in the workroom, while others help teachers from home by prepping upcoming projects. Volunteers also lend a hand during field trips and special events throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering, just pick up a volunteer packet from the ladies in the front office and we will get the ball rolling!
- Come read to our students! We love to make literacy meaningful AND fun. Guest readers are a wonderful way to accomplish that! All you need to do is fill out a volunteer packet, then coordinate a date and time with the teacher you will be visiting.
A couple years ago, I asked my teacher friends in Texas, Illinois, California, and across the country the question "What do you wish EVERY parent would do?" I went through all of the responses, backed it with research, and created a very user-friendly book called TEACHABLER. Talk, Expose, Awaken, Coach, Humble, Attend, Bridge, Listen, Encourage, and Read. Those are the ten things.