Parents / My role

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Parents are primed to support their kids in kindergarten and the first year of school, but some tend to gradually lose interest in school after that. Yet experts agree that parents continue to play a key role in their children’s perseverance and success in school.

Parents’ involvement in their children’s education not only encourages academic success, but also fosters children’s overall well-being, attendance, motivation, and aspirations. And it also has positive effects both on the parents themselves and on teachers. (ISQ)

How can you ensure you fill this vital role in your child’s educational success?

Stimulate! Guide! Encourage!

For pre-schoolers, age 0 to 5: Stimulate!

At this age relationships with family and caregivers help young brains develop through interaction, positive discipline, play and support. These are critical years for children’s future success as resilient, healthy adults.

Resources:

- The Best Start Resource Centre, Ontario’s maternity, newborn, and early child development centre, offers evidence-based resources on topics of interest to parents.   

- A booklet for parents based on research into how children learn. Full of ideas for helping children grow and develop.

Naître et grandir: French-language website and online magazine about children’s development. Some English features are available on the parallel site Help Them Grow.

Elementary school, age 6 to 12: Guide!

Going from the home environment to school is often a child’s first experience of transition. Parents play a critical role as they prepare and guide their children through this new phase in their development. Kids are born with a powerful drive to learn, but it still needs to be nurtured. The secret is making it fun.

Resources:

- For many parents, homework is a source of stress. This guide is designed to help you turn study time into enjoyable family time.  

- These three guides in French help you better understand what your children are learning at school so you can support them better. The tips and ideas for activities to do at home are particularly valuable. 

- This article will help you understand how important your support is to your child’s literacy.

- An annotated selection of books (in French) for preschool, elementary school, and high school readers.

AHigh school, age 12 to 17: Encourage!

What happens in the move from elementary to high school has critical implications for students’ involvement and their ongoing commitment to school. It’s a transition that’s complicated by a number of other changes, both academically and personally, as students enter adolescence.

To help young people stay motivated, it’s a good idea to alert them to the consequences of dropping out, but they still need the space to live their own lives.

Resources:

- A leaflet to help parents guide and support their children during the transition between elementary and secondary school.  

- An information sheet for parents (in French) offering simple, concrete ways to help children realize their full potential.  

- A website, Allô Prof, with all kinds of tips for helping and guiding your child on academic matters.  

- A guide designed to help prevent high school students from dropping out. It describes research-based, effective approaches and gives an overview of what can be accomplished by different actors concerned with student success.

- An umbrella group, Regroupement des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte au décrochage, representing some 60 organizations in twelve Quebec regions, supporting more than 32,000 young people and parents each year. Find out about community efforts in your area to help kids stay in school. 

 

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