Monday, September 27, 2010

NEA & Your Parent Teacher Conferences

NEA/PTA Brochures to Address Specific Parental Concerns
Practical Information that Parents Can Put to Use for Your Students

Developed through a joint effort between NEA and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), these guides provide parents and caregivers with fundamental tools to encourage their children's success in school.  Please feel free to use these as a resource as you visit with parents about our partnership.  Click the READ MORE tab to see all of the brochures that are at your fingertips.

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A Parent's Guide to Preparing Your Child for School
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It's never too early to start providing the kinds of experiences that will help your child ener school ready to succeed. "School readiness" refers to academnic knowledge, independence, communication, and social skills children need to do well in school. Getting your child read for school requires you to spend time reading, talking, and playing with your child.

A Parent's Guide to a Successful Kindergarten Transition
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Kidnergarten classrooms of today hardly resemble those of your childhood memories. Today's kidnergarten classrooms have high expectations for children's academic achievement, social skills, and independence. Parents should also have high expectations for their child's kidnergarten programs.

A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Teen Get the Most Out of High SchoolDownload page 1 ( 177 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)Download page 2 ( 242 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)
Parents want their children to do well in high school but sometimes it is a challenge to figure out how to support them. High school is a time when parent involvement is critical but often not present. Following are some hints on how to help your teen get the most out of high school.

A Parent's Guide to Raising Ready Readers—and Keeping Them That Way
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Tips for reading to infants and toddlers. Snuggle with your child and his or her favorite blanket or toy as you read. Read with expression using different voices for different characters. Emphasize rhytms and rhymes in stories. Giving your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases.

A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child Learn to ReadDownload page 1 ( 207 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)Download page 2 ( 290 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)
Research on reading and learning to read shows that there are things that can be done at home from an early age that help children become successful readers. The following suggestions, which are backed up by reasearch, should be especially helpful to parents and caregivers of young children.

A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child with Today's Math
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When you visit your child's math class it may look different from what you remember. For example, 2 apples + 2 apples still equals 4 apples, and learning your multiplication tables is still important. But now you are likely to see your child solving real problems.
Second graders might: figure out many apples they need for a classroom party, determine the cost to buy those apples, compare how much they have in the classroom fund.

A Parent's Guide to Raising Scientifically Literate ChildrenDownload page 1 ( 202 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)Download page 2 ( 283 KB, 1p, 8½ x 11)
Science is all around us. Nearly everything we do has a scientific implication. We are a nation of citizens that depend greatly on science. Parents and educators can do many things that help build a love and respect for science in our children.

A Parent's Guide: Hey Mom, I Want To Be An Engineer!
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NEW AND IMPROVED! How often do we see products declaring themselves to be "new and improved?" How do products become new and improved? In a word--INNNOVATION. Technology and innovation go hand in hand. Thanks to technology.

A Parent's Guide to Testing at Your Child's School
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Quizzes and exams that teachers routinely use to check on students' learning are the most common--and frequent--tests your child takes in school. In addition to classroom tests, your child may take one or more standardized achievement tests each year. These tests, which provide a snapshot of what children know, are used to gauge how well schools educate students.

A Parent's Guide to Choosing Supplemental Education Service Providers
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Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (currently called No Child Left Behind), low income students in schools that have been identified as "in need of improvement" are eligible for supplemental education services (SES). SES provides turoring, small group, or computer instruction in reading or math before or after schoo, on weekends, or during the summer.