Thank you for taking the time to read this issue of Parents Guide of Las Vegas. As another summer in Las Vegas turns into fall, children are back in school. The challenges and rewards of teaching our children become more evident as the first report cards come home.
This year as my wife and I signed the Nevada State “Education Involvement Accord” for our children, I was impressed at the effort made by the Clark County School District to engage parents in the teaching process. Whether your child is in public school, private school or home school, the tenants of this document are applicable. In part here’s what it says:
I understand that as my child’s first teacher my participation in my child’s education will help his/her achievement. Therefore, to the best of my ability, I will continue to be involved in his/her education by:
• Reading to my child or encouraging my child to read;
• Being responsible for my child’s on-time attendance;
• Reviewing and checking my child’s homework;
• Monitoring the activities of my child, such as the amount of time spent watching television, using a computer, playing video games, etc.; and
• Communicating with my child’s teacher(s) regarding his/her progress, as needed.
Giving our children a lifelong love of learning begins at home. As good as the teachers are, and so many in Clark County are outstanding, nobody can care about a child’s education as much as their parents. Engaging our children and their teachers offers the best prospect for our children to learn. Remember as you are faced with helping your child with those long hours of homework that it really is worth it.
The best bit of parental wisdom I’ve hear in a while was recently given to an overwhelmed mother by a Grandfather who was on the back-end of raising his children. He said, “If you are trying you are doing”.
Keep up the good work.