make your child a straight A Student Author:M Press Any child can be an "A" student — Parents Are Teachers, too: — As a parent, you are responsible for your child's education. This statement has incited controversy at many a PTA meeting across the country. Yet' when you consider that during the first five years of life, your child learns about ninety percent of all he or she will learn, the importa... more »nce of quality parental teacching becomes startlingly plain.
Parents are not merely the first teachers; they are, by far, the most important.
Some parents let their children grow up like weeds, assuming that all leaning is automatic, that children will get what they need and that how they turn out is how they turn out. Some parents go to the other extreme and get over involved growth. Still, other parents run in from the sidelines whenever crises crop up, sort of like a Kelly Girl problem solver.
The facts are this:
1. Formal schooling amounts to only about thirteen percent of your child's waking hours in the first eighteen years of life.
2. That leaves eighty-seven percent of your child's time under your parental influence.
3. A recent University of Illinois report shows that as much as one-half the difference in student grades and test scores is directly attributable to parent participation in learning-relates activities at home.« less