Parent Involvement

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD AT SCHOOL?

The teachers have put together some information which should be relevant throughout your child's schooling. Teachers recognise that they have the major responsibility for educating students, but believe the best results are achieved when teachers, parents and students work together. The following are some suggestions as to how parents can encourage and assist their children.

Reading

Students who read well and understand what they have read usually do well at school. Here are some ways you can help. It does take time, but it is worth it.

  • Read often both with and to your child
  • Take your child to the school and local library
  • The Library Staff will always help you to find books of all varieties at all levels that your child may want to read
  • Find out those topics that are of interest to your child. Books and magazines make excellent Christmas and Birthday presents. Ask the Library or Teaching Staff for suggestions
  • Encourage your children to keep a diary themselves, or a diary of holiday trips, etc.

Discussing and Listening

Students need discussion and listening skills in order to understand what is being said, to share ideas, and to help express their opinions through written work.

  • Make a regular time when you can listen to your child talk about their day's activities. This shows an interest and gives the student practice in talking to adults
  • Students could keep a scrap book of newspaper and magazine cuttings on school subjects or on areas of special interest
  • Television may help if the programs students watch are varied and interesting. News, current affairs programs, and documentaries are very useful as the child grows older. Discuss programs with your child and encourage them to read further on topics of interest.

Mathematical Skills

Students will always need practice in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. To increase their speed, accuracy and confidence ask your child to:

Compare prices in the supermarket with those in 

  • the local Milk Bar, convenience store, General Store etc.
  • Check change when buying items
  • Measure materials for new curtains, lengths of timber etc.
  • Weigh the food needed for a recipe
  • Calculate distance to travel from a map, street directory etc.

Manipulative Skills

It is necessary to be able to use your hands well for any activity inside or outside school. Good co-ordination develops personal confidence. You can help your child by encouraging him/her to:

  • Practice drawing
  • Help with handy jobs around the house
  • Help with cooking and trying new recipes
  • Take up hobbies like model making, sewing, knitting, crochet, fixing bikes, making billy carts etc.
  • Play games together that involve using hands like chess, frisbee throwing, kite flying etc.
  • Join a sports team

Parent Participation

Some ways of learning more about the school and how you can help your child are by helping in classrooms, attending working bees, joining any parent committees, or by becoming a member of School Council