What Parents Can Do to Improve Learning

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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What Parents Can Do to Improve Learning

There are many things parents can do at home to help their children learn. The most important support is to encourage a positive attitude towards learning. Teachers appreciate it when parents:

• Help their children understand that learning is important. • S tress good work habits and appropriatebehaviour. • Set high expectations for learning, taking into account the child’s ability. • Show interest in what their child is learning and in what is happening at school. • Read the memos and information sheets sent home with their children, and note important dates on the calendar.

Parents should also...

  • Exchange ideas with their child’s teacher about the child’s special interests and hobbies to help focus learning.
  • Inform the teacher if their child has a medical condition that may affect the child at school such as asthma, allergies, or diabetes. Teachers are not medical practitioners, and parents should discuss arrangements they have made for emergency situations.
  • Talk with their child’s teacher about what is being taught.
  • Discuss things like homework, expectations and appropriate behaviour. Explore ways that the parent and teacher can help the student meet these standards.
  • Let the teacher know about situations that might affect their child’s interest in school or ability to concentrate. A seriously ill grandparent, the arrival of a baby, or changes in a work situation can be upsetting to a child. Teachers are better able to provide learning experiences for students if parents let teachers know what is happening.


Parents and Teachers Partners in Education. Saskatchewan Teachers Federation. 2009. <http://www.stf.sk.ca/the_profession/pdf/partners_in_education.pdf>.