Curriculum and Instruction


Tips for Elementary Parents

It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.

At Richland, we strive to educate every student well. We believe that the best way to do that is for schools to partner with parents and the community to help educate children.

Parents are a critical factor in children’s educational success because they are a child’s first and best teachers. Research has shown that children whose parents are involved in their education perform at higher levels than those whose parents are not involved.

So we encourage parents to get involved in a variety of ways. Parents can make   sure children understand the importance of education, and they can help children learn outside of school. Below are some tips for helping your elementary student learn at home as well as in school.

The first one is the most important: Read. Read to your child. Read with your child. Let your child see you reading every day, so that he or she understands the importance of learning to read well.

  • Read to and with your child, and have your child read to you.
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal of daily events.
  • Keep books available to your child, and make regular trips to the public library.
  • When you shop for groceries, have your child help you find items and then estimate the cost of the purchase.
  • Discuss different kinds of jobs and careers in your community to help your child understand that school prepares them for a career.
  • Visit museums, zoos and city art exhibits with your child.
  • Help your child identify and set fitness goals. Make walking, hiking or biking a family activity.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of education.
  • Meet with your child’s teachers regularly to monitor progress.
  • Compliment your child’s work and success in school.
  • Make sure your child does each day’s homework assignment. Set aside a quiet place for homework and set a regular time each day for it.

Listen to music together, and have art materials (crayons, paint, brushes, pencils, paper) available at home.

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction supports our schools in providing high quality curriculum and instruction designed to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready. A focus on college and career readiness permeates curriculum and instruction from grades preK-12 and within all of the content areas, including mathematics, English language arts, science, social science, foreign language, visual performing arts, and physical education.

The Curriculum and Instruction Office believes that continuous adult learning is imperative for growth in student learning and, therefore, offers a plethora of professional development opportunities for teachers and site administrators. Explore our website to learn more about the Richland curriculum and instruction in specific content areas, discover opportunities for professional learning, access curriculum documents and resources, stay up-to-date on special programs and projects.