Parent Tips

 
 
Wayne County Public Schools wants every child to succeed in school, in life, and in their careers. We feel that all of us can change the life of a child by reading to him or her daily, by serving as a tutor in your community to another child or by joining together with other members of your community and starting a community reading program. Here are a some simple tips parents can do to help children become better readers.
 
Helping Children Read
  • Read with your children every day for 30 minutes.

  • Talk with infants and young children to develop their language skills before they learn to read.

  • Encourage children to read on their own, outside of school, to enhance their in-school performance.

  • Set a good example for your children by reading newspapers, magazines, and books.

  • Show that reading is necessary to complete daily tasks. Read aloud the highway signs, recipes, the backs of cereal boxes, employment forms, and other things that you use.

  • Read and write with your children in your native language.

  • Restrict the amount and kind of TV your children watch; encourage viewing of educational programs.

  • Make sure your children have a library card and use it.

  • Set up a reading area in your home. Stack boxes on their sides or provide a large basket to hold your child's books.

  • Keep track of your children's progress in school.

  • Have books on tape in your home for children with developmental disabilities.

  • Encourage small compositions. Have your child write a postcard to a family member, a pen pal, or a far away friend.

  • Encourage pre-teens and teenagers to write in journals and diaries. Provide the blank book that they will need.

  • Help start a community reading program.

Helping Children Achieve

  • Work with the school to plan a rigorous academic program for your child and discuss with your child the importance of working hard to get the most out of school;

  • Sign a contract (STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY AGREEMENT) with the teacher and your child that defines responsibilities and expectations for helping children meet academic standards;

  • Talk with your child's teacher about the curriculum, the Standard Course of Study, for your child's grade;

  • Monitor your child's progress and supervise the completion of homework;

  • Read at home together with your child and encourage children to read at least 30 minutes a day;

  • Pledge to attend back-to-school events and teacher conferences, and volunteer for at least one event per semester to support the school;

  • Participate in school decisions by attending meetings and serving on advisory boards, particularly the school improvement team; and

  • Maintain and communicate high expectations for your child in both academics and behavior.

 

Supporting Intervention Programs

The Student Accountability Standards will only be effective if they are implemented with the best interest of students at heart. Wayne County Public Schools will continue to seek ways to improve the academic performance of all students and that may require intervention.  All students must get daily instruction in the Standard Course of Study, the curriculum that outlines what students should know and be able to do. When it comes to extra help, intervention strategies may vary depending on individual student needs.

Intervention strategies can range from before and/or after school programs, summer school, Saturday school, extended school year, intersession classes, individual tutoring, and other ways to give students more time on task.


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