Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 348 Attend all parent programs Most elementary schools have “open houses” for parents. These programs give parents an opportunity to see the school, to meet their child’s teachers, and to learn something about the subjects their child is studying. When you attend a parent program, you learn valuable information about your child’s school. You also show your child that you’re interested in his/her academic progress. Participate in parent-teacher groups Parent-teacher groups are an important part of every elementary school. These volunteer groups help bring parents, teachers, and school administrators together. Through fundraising, parent groups can help cover the costs of field trips and enrichment programs (speakers, musical performances, science- on-wheels programs, etc.). Parent groups also help bring awareness to activities and issues that affect the welfare of the school. Your participation in a parent-teacher group helps build a sense of community. It demonstrates the value you place on your child’s educa- tion, and it shows that you are committed to making your child’s school the best it can be. Use rewards and consequences to encourage change Rewards are most effective when you want to encourage a change in attendance, effort, or behavior. (As your child gets older, doing well will be its own reward.) A reward for improved effort or for a specific achievement can be very motivating for a child. Of course, for most students, a parent’s approval is still the best reward. Make it a point to recognize effort and to acknowledge each academic success, even if it’s just a good grade on a homework assignment. Students need to know that there are consequences for poor school performance. Consequences are most effective when they are reasonable and logical. For example, a reasonable and logical consequence for not getting homework completed on time might be no TV, music, or phone calls after dinner until all homework is done.