Originally Published: November 14, 2016 5 a.m.
The Chino Valley Unified School District has more than 300 students who have been identified as eligible special education students.
At least once per year, parents of these students meet formally with the teachers and administrators to discuss the progress of their child and the education plans that will be followed for the upcoming school year.
The district is truly grateful that a very high percentage of parents choose to attend these meetings. Meaningful questions are asked and suggestions are made that demonstrate the caring and time involved in helping students learn the process and discipline required for growth.
Parents’ main questions most certainly have to do with homework and how they can help their child make it through that often difficult time at the kitchen table.
First, don’t just give them all the answers and don’t make it a battle. Students need to be expected to do most of their homework themselves. Parents can help their child by establishing a routine, designating a study spot in the home, breaking up the time allotted, or to simply encouraging them to come in before or after school for extra help.
Reinforcing what they are hearing at school is always helpful as well. Remind them to ask themselves some questions to help get their thinking started:
How can you help yourself?
Is there a strategy you can try?
Can you break-up the problem into smaller parts?
Where are you going to start?
How can you use what you already know?
Does your answer make sense?
Can you show me some evidence?
Armed with these questions, parents can help their children learn how to deal with the challenges they will face as they continue to grow and learn. Learning never stops!
The Chino Valley USD Department of Special Services would also like to remind the community that upcoming ChildFind dates are Nov. 29, Jan. 10, Feb. 21, April 4, and May 9. Call 928-636-0336 for info.
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that requires Parent and Education Support Staff to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21 located within their area who are in need of special education services or early intervention.