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Students’ education shouldn’t stop at schools’ doors

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:29 a.m. CDT

To the editor:

We are blessed in Newton to have great teachers who genuinely care about our kids and want them to succeed. As a parent, it gives me peace of mind knowing my children are with adults each and every day who see the best in them and bring out their full potential. 

While it is crucial for kids to have great care and instruction at school, their education shouldn’t stop after they leave the building. It is important for our children to be learning at home as well.

Having a partnership between parents and teachers with a support system both at school and at home is how our children really thrive educationally. Some of the easiest ways for parents to help their children are to read with their child at least 20 minutes every night, sit with their child when they do homework, and ask their child what they learned at school each day. 

Reading especially is very important as it builds the foundation for what students will do in school. Parents should begin reading to their child as soon as they are born; it is proven to give children a better start in their education. It also increases the bond between children and parents. 

So, those of you still looking for a new year’s resolution or wanting to build a better relationship with your child; give up some electronics time and read to your child instead. Take an interest in what they are doing at school. 

It will give you greater fulfillment knowing you are building a better connection with your child and giving them tools for future success in life.

Michelle Banwell


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