Why am I doing all this education stuff? That's why I send my kids to school!
~Said nearly every parent on the planet
Like it or not, schools are a primary part of your life throughout your entire child rearing years.
I remember crying when I dropped my son off that first day at the kindergarten door. Not because my baby was growing up, and not because my house would now be quiet. It was because I was turning over my baby to the large insitution known as "the school system". I knew "the system" and I would become very close...for the next 15 years!
It does not matter how you choose to educate your child, making sure they are educated is one of your primary responsibilities. We all know that a child who does not graduate from high school starts adulthood about 10 miles behind the 8 ball.
Depending on your child, reaching this seemingly simple goal may absorb the bulk of your energy.
Whether you choose public, private, community, internet, or home schooling...you must be involved in the education process.
Meet the teachers. Knowing you are paying attention and interested carries a great deal of weight. Check in from time to time. Email makes this easy.
Have questions? Ask. You can't assure the child is getting the best possible education if you don't understand what is going on.
Check homework. You need to know what your kids are studying, and you would not believe the number of times I have found papers that were graded incorrectly. Pay attention.
Make sure homework is getting done. Turn off the TV, create a routine that includes homework time. If the kids need help, stop what you are doing and help them. This means that you may not get to do what you want to do for the evening because you both are doing homework. It stinks, and it's not fair, but that's the way it is.
Have supplies at home. This will make it easier to complete those projects you find out about right after you put everyone in bed.
It takes just one 10pm "Mom...I have a project due tomorrow, and I need to make a poster..."
When you don't have sufficient supplies on hand, you may find yourself loading everyone into the car for a late night school supply run. You can prevent this. You have the power...
Below are the top 12 school supplies you need to have on hand, all the time:
The bell curve is the foundation of the education structure. If your child is in the middle of the curve, behaves well, does homework, and only speaks in class at the appropriate times, you and your child will have a fabulous educational experience.
If your child is not in the middle of that curve, for any reason, just like one of my children, then your experience might be a little less than a walk in the park.
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