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Decades of research confirm that involved parents = better students. But what does parent involvement look like for busy families? When is the right time to step in? What can you do at home to make a difference? And how much involvement is "too" much?
As schools wrestle with waves of change and struggle to keep up with international competition, parent anxiety grows. Most moms and dads want the best education possible for their children, but many aren't sure how to go about getting it. This straight-talking guide by a parent educational consultant and mother of two presents a balanced, candid view that benefits everyone. "The Parent Backpack "gives" "step-by-step advice to help parents:
- Understand their role in their kids' education
- Connect with teachers in respectful ways
- Turn a hesitant or non-reader into a reader
- Avoid homework meltdowns
- Distinguish between learning and achieving
- Support a child who needs more
- Identify and navigate bullying situations
- Fuel kids' minds and bodies so they can thrive
- And much more.
Full of real stories and tested strategies, " The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5" is a must have resource for families who want to ensure their kids get the best education possible.
- ISBN-13: 9781607744740
- ISBN-10: 1607744740
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press
- Publish Date: July 2013
- Page Count: 306
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-20
- Reviewer: Staff
In this approachable guide, Nichols offers practical advice to parents on everything from how to select a kindergarten program to how to write appropriate e-mails to your child’s teacher. Nichols, the director of the Parent Connection, a nonprofit parent education group, has extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the early years of a child’s education. All parents will benefit from the early chapters providing specifics about the current generation of elementary schools, and suggestions for what parents can do to ensure their children’s success within the changing system. Nichols is well versed in both the budgetary and curricular strains on the system and current best practices in various subjects and classroom management. The final chapters run the gamut of parenting and education topics, from bullying to technology and even health, but each feels important and contributes to the larger framework. “Top Ten Takeaways” at the end of each chapter are provided for easy reference, and sample scripts for how to interact with teachers are particularly useful. Throughout, Nichols successfully balances her frustration with the system with heartfelt optimism regarding the role that parents can play in making their children’s school experience positive, claiming that “there’s never been a more challenging or more exciting time to do this.” Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary & Media. (July)