Preparing Your Child For School

Starting school can be daunting for both parent and child—but there are steps you can take to make the transition as smooth as possible. Long before your child walks through a classroom door, you can begin instilling the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

This brochure from the National PTA and the National Education Association contains a range of activities you can do with your child to cultivate positive learning traits. Remember, it’s never too early to start!

Starting Kindergarten Off Right

So, your child is going to kindergarten! You must be very proud. But it’s also natural to feel some anxiety. After all, it’s the beginning of their formal education, and an important milestone both socially and academically. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your child, while keeping you both focused on the exciting aspects of this new adventure.

This handy document form the National PTA and the National Education Association outlines ways to make the transition to Kindergarten easier for parents AND kids!

Raising Ready Readers

Long before they enter school and begin formal instruction, children can and should begin developing the basic language skills they need to become readers. These pre-literacy skills include letters, sounds, speaking, listening and understanding that the printed word has meaning.

This pamphlet from the National PTA and the National Education Associate outlines ways parents can help their children achieve pre-reading readiness skills at home.

Developing Your Child's Reading Skills

Fostering a love and aptitude for reading is critical to your child’s success, from the moment they start school all the way up to their high school graduation. Your child needs strong reading and comprehension skills to succeed—not just in English, but in science, math, social studies and various school activities as well.

 

This document form the National PTA and the National Education Association outlines goals for your child to achieve at each age group in reading.

Helping Your Child With Today's Math

Today’s math is designed to help your child compete and thrive in a rapidly changing world—academically, professionally, financially and socially.  Many parents simply learned math in a different way when they were in school.  

 

This handy document form the National PTA and the National Education Association gives parents suggestions for supporting their children's math education.

Making Sure Your Child Gets the Education They Deserve

Your child has a right to attend and succeed in a great public school. Regardless of income, ethnicity, family circumstances, disability or school readiness, all children are entitled to an education that will help them reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. As a parent or guardian, you are the best advocate for ensuring this happens.

This document from the National PTA and the National Education Association outlines how parents can advocate for the best education possible for their children both at home and at school.

Testing At Your Child's School

There’s no getting around it. Tests are nerve-wracking, for both kids and their parents. But they serve an important purpose—ensuring that your child is getting the education they need to succeed in school and in life.

 

The National PTA and National Education Association have come up with this handy guide for parents to help their children navigate testing.

Raising a Scienfically Literate Child

Regardless of what career path your child chooses to pursue, the critical thinking skills needed for science will help them succeed at school, work and life.

 

The National PTA and the National Education Association have made this pamphlet for parents to instill science skills in their children.

Helping Your Teen Succeed in High School

High school can be one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life, but also one of the most stressful. The number of new academic concepts, extracurricular activities and social pressures they face can be overwhelming.

This pamphlet from the National PTA and National Education Association is full of tips to help parents help their children succeed.

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