Jul 29, 2014 10:43 PM by Matt Prichard

Promoting good grades at home

With school starting up in the next few weeks, parents are getting their kids ready in the hope that good grades are on the way. But that preparation begins at home with things like early bedtimes, and well balanced diets.

But what's the next step after that? We found the answer with two sets of parents---one from Academy 20 and the other from Harrison 2. They both have children that are excelling in the classroom, and focused on two key points with the first revolving around constant conversation.

"We do that pretty much every day at the end of the day, just recap what's going on kind of talk about things that she likes to do, or things that she wants to do next," said Academy-20 parent, John Murphy.

"Exploring how her day went at the end of the day, what worked and what didn't, talking through and again making her do the problem solving. Just asking the questions of what worked, what didn't, you had some challenge with so-and-so at school, how'd you work through that? What would you do differently," said Harrison-2 parent, Steve Schifris.

The other main point was keeping both girls trying new things, something that not only helps in the real world but also behind a desk in the classroom.

"Doing all these different activities outside of school and focusing on different things, even during the day, when she's in class, and they're switching activities. I think it really helps her want to learn different things and move between different subjects," said Schifris. 

"There's so many resources around that you can take advantage of, whether they're local or when we were in Chicago this week we went to the Museum of Science, the aquarium, the planatarium and try to make sure that it's fun to learn all these things, and try to promote it that way," said Academy-20 parent, Judy Murphy.

There's a million different parenting methods that can equal good grades, but for these two parenting teams, communication and activity were the big ones. With Nan Schifris saying if they're experiencing life both inside and out, they're report card will surely show it.

"All of that variety gives them so much more to contribute to the classroom, it doesn't matter what the conversation is about. They can all make some kind of connection," said Harrison-2 parent, Nan Schifris.

Both families agree that these suggestions may not work for everyone but add that it has certainly made an impact in their lives, and more importantly in their kids lives.


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