Parent Engagement

Research informs us that the life chances and performance of children will be significantly improved if parents are engaged in the learning of their children.

“Help” at home means how families encourage, listen, praise, guide, monitor and discuss school work with their children not, whether or how they “teach” School subjects. As a Family School Partnership School we work to engage families with their children in learning at home and at school.

  • Listen and respond to your child’s talk.
  • Show your child that you value reading by reading whenever you can. This includes on your own for leisure, to your child and with your child.
  • Encourage your child to borrow books from the school and local libraries.
  • Encourage your child to write messages for you and the other family members (shopping lists, thank-you notes, phone messages etc).
  • Involve your child in fun activities that naturally involve mathematics (e.g. calculating change at the supermarket, cooking, estimating the distance travelled on trips).
  • Suggest alternatives to television. Imaginative play (building a cubby house, Lego construction and playing ‘school’ with stuffed toys) is helpful for language development.
  • Encourage your child to think about and talk his/her way through problems instead of getting frustrated and giving up.
  • If your child asks a question to which you do not know the answer, seize the opportunity to look for the required information together.
  • Encourage your child to develop a familiarity with a wide range of texts including the street directory, White Pages, Yellow Pages, newspaper, Internet, restaurant menus and advertisements.
  • Try to choose toys and games that encourage creativity and problem-solving. Many board games are fantastic educational toys. We recommend: Guess Who, Connect 4, Master Mind, Scrabble, Upwords, Pictionary, Monopoly, Memory, Uno and Dominoes.
  • When watching the news and advertisements on television, discuss with your child the ‘hidden agenda’ or biases shown. Encourage them to see that what they read and see is not always true or the only way of looking at an event.
  • Visit places of cultural and historical significance as a family.