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Ketron Teachers provide homework help for parents

Community Contributor • Oct 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

KINGSPORT — On Sept.15, Ketron Elementary Schools  first grade team, Anita Austin, Carol Haynes, Lisa Hilton, Elizabeth Light and Julia Winters, met with parents to share educational resources. The focus of the meeting was to provide parents with tools to assist their children in improving reading and math skills. Educational websites and fun activities were presented by the first grade teachers to help parents make homework time more enjoyable.

Amy Proffitt and Amanda Antonacci, Ketron librarians, spoke to the group about the standards taught in library class. The students learn about key ideas and details; the integration of knowledge and ideas; text types and their purposes; how to build research and present knowledge; and the production and distribution of writing. Guest speaker Pam Rich, Bloomingdale Public Library branch manager, provided information on the available services and programs at the library. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and parents can use computers, wireless internet and the copier or the laptop and e-reader lending program for homework help, too.

Second grade teachers, Sonja Coates, Karen Mullins, Rachel Myers, Kesha Ryan,  Tonya Sowers and Catherine Whitson, welcomed parents to Ketron's secon grade. The evening was filled with information regarding reading, math, spelling and phonics. Parents learned how important it is for their children to constantly practice basic subtraction and addition facts; to write complete sentences with appropriate capitalization and punctuation; and to read for at least 15 minutes each night. Finally, the group was reminded that the weekly homework is a review of the skills currently being covered in the classroom.

Teacher Leader Julie Nottingham has initiated a weekly homework tutoring sessions for parents. Parents play an essential role in learning. Assisting with homework and test preparations is one of the most important responsibilities parents have in their children's education. Unfortunately, some parents don't feel confident enough in their own skills to help their children. In Nottingham's program, teachers sit down with parents and their children. The parents and students are taught simultaneously.

Ketron teachers from all grade levels have voluntarily committed to the Parent Homework Project. The teacher/volunteers donate six hours each month to helping parents help their children.

Often students' lives seem divided into the time spent at school and the time spent at home, which raerly overlap. When teachers and parents work together towards the shared goal of giving children the excellent education they deserve, they become a powerful force. Ketron Elementary School is proud to partner with parents.