Students benefit. Schools flourish.
As a child's first teacher, parents/guardians are important partners in the learning process. Your involvement in your child's education gives you the opportunity to strengthen that partnership and to be part of a team dedicated to building collaborative learning environments for young people.
When strong links are developed between home and school, students benefit and schools flourish. By supporting classroom lessons and reinforcing good behaviour, you will be making significant contributions to your child's success inside and outside of the classroom.
All of us in Rainbow Schools are committed to working in partnership with parents. We encourage you to take an active interest in your child's education. The helpful hints and handy tips in the following pages are designed to inform and inspire you to expand your roles as teachers, nurturers and mentors at home, at school and in the community.
20 Ways to Help your Child Succeed
As parents, you can contribute to your child's success in many ways:
- Establish daily routines
- Ensure that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time
- Work with the school to see that homework and assignments are completed and submitted on time
- Limit the amount of time your child devotes to a part-time job, sports team, club and/or committee
- Monitor the amount of time your child spends watching television and/or playing computer games
- Ensure that your child eats and sleeps well
- Create a home environment that encourages learning
- Model the value of education
- Encourage your child to realize personal and career goals
- Set realistic expectations about your child's academic achievements
- Support your child's chosen pathway to suc'ess
- Help your child select his or her courses in secondary school
- Encourage your child to participate in learning activities during the summer
- Support school and Board policies (link to Discipline Policy section)
- Work with the school on any conflicts that may arise
- Take part in two-way communication with the school
- Regularly discuss school matters with your child
- Talk to teachers about your child's progress
- Praise your child for good work and good behaviour
- Cast your vote in School Council elections (link to School Council section)
A Resource on Youth Development
was created by the Ontario Government to support parents and those who work with youth aged 12 to 25 by providing:
An overview of youth development:
A detailed look at the developmental stages of youth aged 12 to 25, and the ways in which we can identify and respond to the needs of youth at each stage of their development.
Chart-based summaries of key developmental events for early adolescents, adolescents and young adults, and suggested supports aligned with each developmental stage.
Tips for implementation:
Examples of how to adapt, specialize and apply this information in a way that is relevant and meaningful.
To access the excellent resource, click here
The ABCs of parental partnerships
Good students and good schools become that much better with the active participation of parents. Whether at home, at work or at school, there are many ways parents/guardians can contribute to their child's education.
A - At Home
- Work in collaboration with the school
- Read to and with your child
- Tutor your child and/or other students
- Involve your child in daily activities such as banking and cooking
- Reference A Guide for Students and Parents and rainbowschools.ca throughout the school year
B - At Work
- Display your child's work
- Support job shadowing
- Hire a summer student
- Offer Co-op or OYAP placement opportunities
- Organize workplace tours and visits
C - At School
Contact your child's school for more information.
- Volunteer to help out with school events
- Take part in fundraising activities
- Attend parent-teacher interviews
- Support the school's special presentations and programs for parents
- Attend open houses, school fairs, school concerts and sports activities
- Showcase your trade or profession at career fairs
- Coach a sports team
- Join a School Council
- Attend a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meeting