Tips for Parents

Join us for Coffee with the Counselor on April 21st at 9 am.  The Google Meet Code is:  GlenmarPlatt.  Ms. Platt will be sharing strategies to help support your child in staying connected through virtual learning.  This will also be a time for parents and caregivers to ask questions and share tips with each other.  We hope to see you there!    

The pandemic has caused our schools to close.  This time at home can be stressful for students and parents.  Check out the article, "How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone" for some helpful tips and advice.

This time can cause emotional stress for students.  Check out this BCPS resource, "Helping Kids Cope with their Emotions" for some information, tips, and available resources.    

Be sure to check out the BCPS-TV Continuity of Learning teacher created lessons airing on Comcast Channel 73 or Verizon Channel 34.  Click on the link, BCPS-TV Continuity of Learning, to see the schedule.  

Be generous with praise
Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.
Encourage "personal best"
Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.
Make learning a priority
Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
Show interest in school work
  • Talk about school each day.
  • Ask to see classwork.
  • Have your child read aloud to you.
  • Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
  • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
  • Show appreciation for good efforts.

Offer suggestions for success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:
  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary.
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
  • Review notes before a test.
Schedule study time
Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.