Work-at-home: Getting Parents Involved

Learning can and should take place in the home; the problem is how to implement it. You can jump-start the process once a week by sending home a “Work-at-Home” worksheet with each student giving both the student and the parent a job to do.

For example, in class have students estimate how many minutes of a half hour TV show are devoted to commercials. Then send the worksheet to the parents describing how they and their child can list the commercials that occur during a 30 minute show, and time them to get a total for the 30 minute period. The result? Parents and children work together on something that will be an educational process for one, if not both. Have the parents and students sign the sheet and return to school the next day.

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