Every parent, guardian, and caregiver greatly enhances their children’s desire to succeed in school and life because they are the first teachers. They are also the most influential teachers. Research studies have confirmed what most parents already know, which is, children have a tendency to do the same thing their parents do. In other words, children become a product of their environment. The environment in which children are raised influence their choices and decisions. That same environment also shapes them as a person.
What parents portray in their daily lives, negative or positive, has a significant impact on their children’s attitude towards learning, school, and self-confidence.
How do you help your children to succeed?
Listed below are some vital factors that greatly aid your children’s success in school:
- Provide a nutritious breakfast daily.
- Make sure they are getting to bed on time for a good night’s rest.
- Ensure that they arrive to school daily and timely.
- Encourage responsibility, working independently, and active learning.
- Maintain an open line of communication with your children.
- Demonstrate that you value learning and education.
- Provide the tools that they need to learn.
- Monitor homework.
- Be actively involved in the activities at their school.
- Establish a good rapport with their teachers.
- Ensure that the teachers are using teaching methods that enhances learning.
- Spend quality with your children.
- Take a personal interest in each child individually.
- Become their role model.
Research studies reveal that when parents are actively involved in their children’s learning the following characteristics are improved:
- Social skills
- Their chances of staying in school
This is applicable for young children, as well as for middle and high school students.
Getting ready for School:
In Chicago, there are three (3) simple steps to enroll your children in the right school and ensure their success. Whether you have just begun, or already started the process, enrollment is relatively easy.
Explore your choices
- Determine your children educational needs and objectives
- Become familiar with your neighborhood schools
- Identify your top school choices
Decide between your choices
- Select your neighborhood school
OR If you decide to apply to schools other than your neighborhood school:
- Understand and complete the application process
Sign up and join
- Review your registration checklist
- Submit registration requirements to the school
- Get involved
When selecting a school, parents need to keep in mind that their enrollment decisions should be made in the best educational interest of their children. In addition to the neighborhood school, the Chicago Public Schools offers a variety of programs that appeal to the students’ interests and their talents.
Parents are also encouraged to take advantage of the resources listed below to help ensure their children are getting a good quality education:
- The Out-of-School Time Project: Chicagoland Afterschool Program Locator
- Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago
- Family Education
- Freedom to Learn
- Scholastic Parents: The Home of Parent and Child Magazine Online
- Read. Write. Think.
- DealSeekingMom.com: Back-to-School Deals
- Great Schools
- Open Innovation Portal
- Illinois Association of School Boards
- Interactive Report Card
- Consortium on Chicago Schools Research (CCSR)
- Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)
- First Five Years Fund (FFYF)
- Advance Illinois
One major noticeable change for the Chicago Public Schools for the 2011-12 upcoming school year, that most parents favor, are longer school days. Most parents believe that students will benefit more by being in school longer. They realize that learning is at its best when students are engaged. However, some high schools students are not in favor of this new change.
In conclusion, parents, guardians, and caregivers have the power and influence to reinforce positive attitudes toward learning and succeeding in school. To further enhance their children’s success, they must prepare their children for school, and support their children’s effort once they are in school.
Former U. S. President George W. Bush summarizes the importance of our children succeeding in school best in his quote, “When it comes to the education of our children, failure is not an option.”