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Supporting learning

Children don't stop learning when the school day ends. The more positive and constructive learning experiences children have outside of school, the better they do in school. Whether it's getting homework help, learning together as a family, or using a parent-child interaction as a teaching opportunity, parents and caregivers can help pave the way for their children's school success.

The following resources can help you get started.

Grades at school — Get a better understanding about grades and how to turn poor grades into positive learning opportunities.

Homework: How to help — Explore guidelines for helping your children with their homework.

Minimizing conflict over homework — Keep homework tensions at a minimum and use structure to minimize homework conflict.

Has your child missed school lately? — Learn the definitions related to school absences, and how to encourage school attendance.

Parenting for school success: A guide for parents — Access this handbook which gives parents practical ideas on supporting school success.

Preventing the summer slide — Prevent your children from losing reading, math, and other school-related skills over the summer break. English | español

Back to school (Video) (27:04) — Positive Parenting cable TV show — Gain a better understanding of why parent's involvement in their children's education is so critical for their school success. This video features Katheen A. Olson, Program Director — Partnering for school success.

School: Making the most of it — Review the research about how children do better in school and have more positive attitudes when their parents are involved in school life. Part of the Teen Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers series. English (PDF)  | español (PDF)

What can parents do to strengthen parent-school connections? — Follow these easy-to-do steps to help strengthen your parent-school relationships. English | español

Learning opportunities to discover — Get tips to help support your child’s learning away from school.

Vacation: A learning experience — Find out how to turn your vacations into a learning experience for the whole family.

Children and youth learn and develop when volunteering — Volunteer with your family to learn new skills, teach responsibility, and become closer. English | español

Related resources

Ways families can support their children's educationMinnesota Department of Education — Get ideas and resources on how to support and be involved in your children's education.

Teaching children money habits for life (PDF) — Questions to help parents focus discussion about money and children.

Learning — Review with the research says about learning, and how children's school success is facilitated when they are provided with various tools for learning and when key adults in their life communicate with each other. Part of the Research on the factors for school success series.

Parent teacher conference tips sheetsHarvard Family Research Project — Explore these quick tips on parents teacher conferences for principals, teachers, and parents. English | español

Modeling — Review what the research says about modeling, and the role that the modeling behavior of parents, teachers, and other adults enhances children's school success. Part of the Research on the factors for school success series.

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