What Can You Do?

What can I do?

Your Title I Program needs your help:

  • to determine program goals
  • to plan and carry out programs
  • to evaluate programs
  • to work with your child at home and even in school, as teacher's assistant or volunteer

The annual Title I meeting is the place to start, and you're invited! It's the perfect time to:

  • learn more about Title I.
  • learn about your rights and responsibilities as a Title I parent.
  • meet other parents and teachers.
  • begin a process of communication and cooperation between parents and schools.

As a parent, you are a part of the Title I Team. You influence your child's education more than any teacher or school. Your involvement can boost your child's achievement! By taking an active role in Title I, you show your child:

  • how important he or she is to you.
  • how important education is to you.
  • that you and the school are a team.

You know your child best; it's up to you to:

  • share information about your child's interests and abilities with teachers.
  • judge whether Title I is meeting your child's needs.
  • speak up if you notice any problems. (But don't criticize the school, its teachers or principal in front of your child.)

Share a love of learning

Set a good example:

  • read newspapers, magazines or books.
  • write letters, grocery lists, or a diary.
  • use math to prepare budgets, compare prices, etc.

Make learning fun and help your child build language, reading, and math skills:

  • Provide games such as crossword puzzles, dot-to-dot drawings, word games.
  • Help your child read signs while shopping.
  • On trips, ask your child to read and tell you about where you are going. Count license plates from different states and read road signs.

Take advantage of resources. For example:

  • visit your public library together, pick out books to read just for fun.
  • ask if you can borrow materials from your child's school.

Read to your child. Talk about the story as you read. Have your child read to you. Let him or her read the passage silently first.

Limit TV time to one to two hours a day. Have your child choose programs by reading the program guide instead of by flipping channels. Watch TV with your child and discuss programs afterward.

The following websites give strategies to use with readers
Phonemic Awareness

Early literacy screening, tools, activities

www.getreadytoread.org

Fluency

Teaching fluency through poetry

www.poetry4kids.com/index.php

Vocabulary

Text Comprehension

Reading Strategies