FOCUS ON EDUCATION

BEING a parent is one of the biggest responsibilities that anyone can take on in this world.

From the moment your child comes into the world, you are entrusted to ensure that they are taught everything that they need to know to become a productive and valuable member of society, as well as a content and responsible adult.

For the first few years of your child’s life, this is your primary job and one of the most important decisions you can make regarding your child’s future is choosing a school. It is vital to consider that from their first day of school, you will no longer be their primary source of knowledge and education.

You, as a parent, have laid the foundation for your child’s future, so you must choose wisely when deciding on a school and take into account who you want helping you and your little one to build from there.

No one knows your child better than you do. You know their personality, their strengths and their weaknesses. You know what makes their eyes light up with excitement, you know what makes them happy and you know the family values that you would like instilled and nurtured in them as they grow. There is no one who knows your child like you do and no one who can make a more informed decision when choosing their educational path and laying the groundwork to help them to achieve and be all that they can be.

www.readingrockets.org offers four steps for selecting the school that is right for your child:

  • Step 1: Consider your child and your family

“Start your search for the best school by thinking about what you want a school to do for your child. Perhaps your child has special language or education needs. Keep these in mind. After all, you know your son or daughter better than anyone else does…”

  • Step 2: Gather information about schools

“If you were looking to buy a car, vacuum cleaner, or refrigerator, you could talk to friends and family and find information on the Internet, in consumer magazines, or in other published resources. Similarly, when investigating schools, you may also have to make phone calls, collect written material from different schools and look for reports in your local paper to get the information you need…”

  • Step 3: Visit and observe schools

“A good way to have your questions answered is to schedule an appointment with the school principal. If possible, attend an open house, parent-teacher meeting, or other school function that would also provide valuable information about the attitudes of staff, students, and parents. Listen closely to what teachers say about the school. The teachers will be the adults closest to your child, and you will want to know if they are well prepared, dedicated, and happy in their work…”

  • Step 4: Apply to the schools you choose

“Once you select the school(s) that you think will be best for your child, you will go through a process of applying to a school (or schools) of your choice and enrolling your child. Consider applying to more than one school, in case your child is not admitted to their first choice. You will want to begin this process as early as possible in order to ensure you meet all the deadlines…”

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