Promote Parental Involvement!
Many research studies confirm the importance of parents in whether a child learns. For example, Gray & Fleischman (Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005) found that, “When parents are involved, students tend to achieve more regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents’ educational level” (p. 85). In 2000, the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) summarized research as follows:
The most accurate predictors of student achievement in school are not family income or social status, but the extent to which a student’s family is able to create a home environment that encourages learning; communicate high, yet reasonable expectations for the child’s achievement and future career; and become involved in the child’s education at school and in the community.
Using this research as a foundation, NewPath provides a Take-Home™ Edition for each of the Curriculum Mastery® Games for Grades 1-8.
The Curriculum Mastery® Take-Home™ Edition easily enables schools to extend time-on-task for an individual student at home as a homework assignment. It also involves the entire family in the learning process. The student will also benefit when parents see the kind of learning that the school expects for their child. Parents can reinforce those expectations through participation with the child in the activities.