按语： 我第一次见到Teresa的时候，是我们到娃的小学义工。刷刷漆，收拾课室。那是７年前。前几天因为儿子去RSB(英国某著名文法中学), 又见到她. 也是在做义工.这才知道她的三个孩子都进了本地两所著名中学。
后来我问她：“你是如何做到的？”， “你10多年做学校家长代表，你有什么经验和大家分享？” 这是她给我的回信 （原文英文）。
Sorry about the slow response.
With regards to trying to encourage the children’s learning I don’t
think we have done anything in particular. We have showed interest in their school work and I think that one way of showing that you find school important is to help at school. Even if work hinders you from helping with the parent reading you can make sure you contribute to the fundraising efforts that the PSA （按：家长协会） and the school make.
When they were smaller I always made sure that the day ended with me reading to them and in the summer holidays we would take part in the reading challenge at the library. We would also go to charity shops and they got to pick books, just for them to maybe try something new. When they were independent readers we would encourage them to read before going to sleep, even if I had read to them earlier.
In preparation for the entrance exam to the grammar schools I asked other parents what they did and most started tutoring at beginning of year 4. The children would see the tutor for one hour a week and usually get 3 pieces of homework that took about 30 min each. Nearer the exam they would sit a mock exam, just to get used to the test situation and sitting surrounded by strangers. The boys did one mock test, whereas my daughter wanted to do two, as her friends were doing more than one.
When they were younger we would limit screen time and we would have Monday to Wednesday as screen free days with no TV or computer games. Now that is more difficult as they need the computer to do homework. We still limit the time spend playing games, but less successfully than when they were younger…
I don’t really know how to encourage parents to volunteer in school, I think our primary are quite lucky as they have lots of parents who
are happy to help. As the children grow older though, it is more
difficult to find reader volunteers as parents go back to work.
We are indeed going to K in September. S***** as a student, and I
will start my new job as biology technician at K. We are both
looking forward to it.
I’m sure I’ll see you at events at RBS. I am usually in the
uniform shop at the bigger PTA events and Andrew does the BBQ-ing. We also try to attend any quiz night that is arranged as they are good fun and the boys can take part if they wish.
Have a lovely summer holiday.