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After connecting in a special time, special place and with a special story, try on High Impact Home Strategy: ASK QUESTIONS


Regularly make time to talk with your child about school, their grades, and their coursework in order to help monitor their progress and provide support as needed.

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What classes do you enjoy? Which are going well, Why?
  • What class(es) are you struggling with or feeling unchallenged by? Why?
  • In what ways have you communicated your concerns with your teacher or counselor?


If you have concerns or need help supporting your student in a specific class, contact your student’s teacher.

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What does my child need to work on in order to be successful?
  • What is something we can all agree to work on together?
  • When can we check in again about my student’s progress?


After talking to your student’s teacher, if you feel you still need more information about additional programs or supports oered by the school, or have unresolved concerns, contact the school counselor or administration.

  • How can I help my student monitor their attendance and grades?
  • What additional supports does your school oer that would support my student’s progress?
  • Who will contact me if my student falls behind?

Use Open-ended Questions

Close-ended questions are those which can be answered by a single word or simple "yes" or "no," while Open-Ended Questions require more thought and more elaboration. Open questions require students to think and talk more, and talking helps us learn! It is so important during this time to listen to what our students have to say because they have wonderful ideas!

You can use these printable bookmarks to remember these helpful tips. Enjoy your time together and have fun!

SDUSD Family and Community Engagement Department (FACE) is implementing High Impact Home Strategies, which are research-based practices, linked to student learning, that when utilized by parents and caregivers at home, have been proven to have significant impacts on student learning and academic achievement in school.