Make the Connection: School, Family & the Real World
you were in school, did you ever question the benefit of doing a class
assignment or taking a particular course? Perhaps you thought that
dissecting a frog would be helpful to someone who wanted to be a
scientist, but if you were planning to be a journalist, exactly how did
that assignment apply to your life's plan?
Your children, especially in the middle and high schools, often have
similar doubts about the link between their course work and their desire
to grow up, get a job, and make some money.
As parents, you have the responsibility and opportunity to help them
make the connection between their work now (school) and their potential
work (as college students, employees, entrepreneurs, and military
My siblings and I grew up on a farm; picking tomatoes, cucumbers, and
peppers was grueling work. One lesson that my brother Charles took from
that life experience was that no other work in his life was 'hard.' In
his 25+ years in the military, he maintained that nothing was expected
or asked of him that was as difficult as farm work.
Here are few quick 'connections' that you can reinforce with your
students – from elementary to high school – to help them stay focused on
doing well in school now as a springboard to future successes.
Share your thoughts: tell how your you help your children to 'make the
connection' between their school and home lessons in order to help them
succeed. Selections will be posted on the PARENTS tab at www.wcboe.org.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name [full name or first
name & last name initial or first initial and last name] as well as
the school(s) of your students.
- Learn to be organized (keeping pencils sharpened, having assignments signed by parents, completing homework in a timely manner)
- Learn to get along with others (working in pairs on school
assignments, being part of cheerleading squad or a member of a rocket
- Learn to finish what you start (completion of a high school degree
or remaining on a team even when you don't play shows tenaciousness and
commitment to the process)
- Learn to explore something new (trying a new food or joining the
Scrabble club helps demonstrate curiosity about how the world works)
Algebra may always be puzzling. Gymnastics may always seem dangerous.
Yet there will always be times when something new, strange, and tedious
provides a lesson on how to live better, make money, and create new
friendships. In other words, help your children 'make the connection'
between their current school experiences and becoming a good citizen and
exemplary family member.