Make Your Child A Straignt 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 ever learn, the im... more »portance of quality parental teaching becomes startlingly plain.
Parents are not merely the first teachers; they are, by far, the most important teachers.
Some parents let their children grow up like weeds, assuming that all learning 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, so the child has no space for independent growth. Still, other parents run in from sidelines whenever crises cropup, sort of like a Kelly Girl problem solver.
The facts are this:
1. Formal schooling amounts to only about 13% of your child's waking hours in the first 18 years of life.
2. That leaves 87% of your child's time under parental influence.
3. A recent University of Illinois report shows that as much as 1/2 the difference in student grades and test scores is directly attributable to parent participation in learning-related activities at home.« less