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Things You Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed in School

FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS


At Home:

  1. Continue to encourage your children to read. Don’t let T.V. video games, or friends absorb all their free time.
  2. Talk to your children about their specific interests related to school – subjects or teachers they like, clubs or extracurricular activities, books they are reading, projects they are working on, etc.
  3. Discuss their choice of courses with them so that they are well prepared for different options after high school.
  4. Begin discussing with them what they might like to do after they graduate from high school.
  5. Know your children’s friends, where they live, and, if possible, their parents.
  6. If your children work part-time, make sure this doesn’t interfere with schoolwork or getting a good night’s sleep during the week.
  7. Continue to celebrate school successes with appropriate rewards. Even though they may seem embarrassed, your children will appreciate your enthusiasm for their good work.



At School:

  1. Get a copy of your children’s schedules each semester.
  2. Find out what guidance is available to your children in choosing a college, applying, and finding scholarships and loans.
  3. Volunteer for school activities – chaperone a school dance or field trip, help with sports events, etc.
  4. Serve on school committees that involve parents.


Cosas que puede hacer para ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela

Para secundaria y estudiantes de preparatoria


En casa:

  1. Continuar animando a sus hijos a leer. No dejar que la televisión, videojuegos, o amigos absorban todo su tiempo libre.
  2. Hable con sus hijos acerca de sus intereses específicos relacionados con la escuela - asignaturas o profesores que les gustan, clubes o actividades extracurriculares, los libros que están leyendo, proyectos en los que están trabajando, etc
  3. Hablar acerca de la elección de sus cursos con ellos, para que estén bien preparados para las diferentes opciones después de la secundaria.
  4. Empezará a comentar con ellos lo que les gustaría hacer después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria.
  5. Conocer a los amigos de sus hijos, dónde viven, y, sí es posible, a sus padres.
  6. Si los niños trabajan a medio tiempo, asegurarse de que esto no interfiera con el trabajo escolar o dormir bien y lo suficiente durante la semana.
  7. Continuar celebrando sus logros en la escuela con recompensas apropiadas. A pesar de que les dé verguenza, sus hijos apreciarán su entusiasmo por los buenos resultados en su desempeño escolar.



En la Escuela:

  1. Obtenga una copia de los horarios de sus hijos cada semestre.
  2. Averigüe cuál es la orientación que ofrecen a sus hijos para la elección de una universidad, la inscripción, y la búsqueda de becas y/o préstamos.
  3. Ser voluntario en las actividades escolares -  ser chaperón en los bailes de la escuela o viajes de campo, ayudar con eventos deportivos, etc
  4. Servir en los comités escolares que involucren a los padres de familia.


Building Reading Habits

Most children learn how to read, but not all children acquire the habit of reading.

Parents play a large role in helping their children develop good reading habits. The following tips may be helpful to you: Talk with your children about reading.

Ask your children to tell you about books and stories they have read. Tell your children about your own reading. Make reading the topic of family discussions.

Visit the library with your children. Visits to the library can be a great family activity. Enjoy browsing with your children. Be sure your children know how to use a library card.

Make time for family reading.

Family life can be very busy, leaving little time for reading. Make reading a family activity by occasionally setting aside 30 minutes or more for everyone to read. Turn off the television. Let each family member select his or her own reading material. Enjoy quiet time reading together.
Give books as gifts to your children. Books make wonderful gifts for birthdays and other special occasions.

Read aloud with your children.Children are never too old to read aloud. Parents often read to their children when the children are small. When children first learn to read, they read aloud to their parents. But when children get older, they often stop reading aloud with their parents. Keep alive the enjoyable activity of reading aloud. Share favorite passages with your children.

Use the newspaper as a tool for encouraging the habit of reading.

Talk about the newspaper with your children. Show young children the different sections in the newspaper. Clip articles and share them with your children. Encourage your children to clip articles to share with the family.

Encourage children to read to prepare for family activities. Before a family vacation, outing, or special event, ask your children to read about the location or activity and to report the information to the family.