Resources for Parents
Research shows that when parents are involved in their children's education, kids do better in school. And schools become better, too. Some benefits include:
- Higher grades and test scores
- Long term academic achievement
- Positive attitudes and behavior
- More successful programs
- More effective schools
The Parent AXSIS Portal gives you access to your students' grades, assignments, and attendance information. Go to this page for answers to your questions or for help with your login.
Use Loop to connect with teachers and administration at your student's school in a secure environment.
Computers for Kids is a non-profit organization that offers Idaho students the opportunity to enhance their education through the use of technology at home.
Are you or someone you know struggling with housing? Visit this page to learn about rights of homeless families to keep their kids in school.
Often, parents don't know what to do to make a difference for their students. The links below and in the menu on the right are offered as a resource to help you find answers.
Developing Your Child's Love of Reading
- Read Together Every Day - One of the simplest things you can do to help your child succeed in life is to read together every day. Don't wait until the child's first day of school to begin at-home reading. The sooner you begin, the smarter your child becomes. This site offers lots of ideas for reading at home.
- Help My Child Read from the US Dept of Education - Lots of articles and activities for parents.
- How to Help Frustrated Readers - Ideas for parents to help your student develop a love of reading at an early age.
- Struggling and Hesitant Readers - Many ideas for motivating student to read independently.
Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
- ProtecTeens from the Office of the State Attorney General - A video presentation and resource kit created to educate parents about the potential danger to their children from sexual predators on the Internet.
- Are You a Cybersmart Parent? - Tips and information about how you and your family can make the most of the Internet, while protecting your children from the worst.
- Cyber Parenting 101 from NetManners.com - Advice for non"techie" parents.
- SafeKids.com - Frequently Asked Questions . . . and answers!
- A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - Learn how to keep your child safe on the Internet from the experts.
- Get NetWise.org - Information about keeping kids safe online, as well as stopping unwanted e-mail and spam, protecting your computer from hackers and viruses, and keeping your personal info private.
- NetSmartz 411 from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - An interactive, educational resource for children ages 5-17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.
- WiredSafety.org - Lots of information about online issues including cyberbullying, social networks, sexting, and more.
Other Resources to Help Your Child Succeed
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - This Parent Toolkit provides tips and resources for raising drug-free kids. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization working to reduce tsubstance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.
- Love and Logic - The Love and Logic Institute is dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. They provide practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. All of their work is based on a psychologically sound parenting and teaching philosophy called Love and Logic.
- The Internet Public Library from Univ of Michigan School of Information - Your public library goes 'cyber'. This site has all the resources you would expect to find at your public library including a kids section, info and resources just for teens, and more.
- StudySmart Parent Resources - Hints to make the most of your student's homework time; motivating underachievers; preparing for Final Exams; and more.
- ClassBrain.com - Homework tips for parents
- The 7 Myths of Instructional Rigor - Instructional rigor is one of the most discussed topics in education today. But there is much debate over what rigor is and is not. This article sheds light on this topic.
- Helping Your Child Succeed in School from the US Dept of Education - In-depth article for parents who want to help their child succeed; includes activities for various ages.
- Helping Children Succeed in School from the Univ of Illinois Extension - This resource includes information on parental involvement, learning styles, test taking tips, parent-teacher communication and more.
- Guía de Recursos para las Familias Hispanas - Esta guía les indicará lo que debe esperar de sus escuelas, sus maestros y su hijo, en todas las edades y en todos los grados. Les indicará cómo ayudar a su hijo a completar sus estudios en la escuela, de qué recursos disponen, y las medidas que ustedes, su familia y su comunidad pueden tomar para ayudar a su hijo a aprender.
- A Guide to the ToolKit for Hispanic Families - in English