Families play a key role in helping students succeed in school and in developing a sense of pride in the school community. Families are a powerful resource in helping children engage in deeper thinking about the world around them. There are many ways for families to engage around their child's learning in school:
- talk and read with your children as often as you can over the course of the day - see Talk, Read, Play; Countdown to Kindergarten; Boston Public Libraries
- take advantage of opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, fundraising activities, and fun events
- attend individual parent-teacher conferences
- engage in two-way communication with teachers face to face, via email or text give input and feedback about your child
- support children with homework or learning activities (see Home Links, below!)
- attend BPS Parent University - an opportunity for parents to sharpen their skills by attending sessions that focus on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership and effective parenting skills
- participate in activities in our Summer Communication Tool Kit and the Summer Activity Calendar
Home Links are tools to connect families to the curriculum and school activities that children are participating in. Home Links have been designed to replace traditional homework sheets with meaningful, interactive activities.
How do Home Links work?
These interactive activities are easy to do and are based on what children are learning in the classroom. Home Links are designed for families and children to take as long as they would like to spend on them.
- At the start of each unit, an opening letter describing the unit learning goals will accompany the Home Links activity sheet. Teachers may also host family workshops at the beginning of each unit so families have the opportunity to hear about what their children will be learning and try out some of the Home Links activities
- A Home Links activity sheet will be sent home weekly.
- Families and children are encouraged to read each night and also choose at least three activities to complete over the course of the week.
- Children should return their sheets to school and be prepared to share what they worked on during the week with their family.
- To see your child's grade-specific curricula, use the menu bar above to select the appropriate grade.