American Heritage School exists to serve families.
We know that schools matter a lot, especially when parents and teachers work as partners. We also know that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. A teacher may have hundreds of hours with a child, but parents have many more. No wonder AHS acknowledges the following principles:
- The most fundamental education occurs in the home.
- Parents can have a remarkable influence for good on their children.
- Happiness at home, in marriage, and family relationships is foundational to effective schools.
- Parents should encourage their children to learn as much as they can.
- Parents catalyze effective teaching and learning when they partner with teachers, and also help tutor their own children at home in constructive ways.
We’re behind you all the way!
A few things you can do at home:
- Counsel and pray together about educational desires and priorities.
- Be an example of continuous learning. Talk about what you are learning.
- Set an expectation of striving to become better today than you were yesterday.
- Hold family councils. Parents and children can benefit from frequent councils.
- Expect to learn by some trial and error.
- Read scriptures and good books personally and as a family. Be excited about reading!
- Memorize scriptures as a family.
- Learn difficult things over extended periods of time.
- Look up what you do not know. It is okay not to know everything.
- Provide mealtime opportunities for family members to talk about what they are learning, recite stories, or recite memorizations. Be excited to share your learning.
- Expose children to a diverse range of people and experiences.
- Read or listen to biographies of others, scholars, and well-respected individuals.
- Find mentors for children who have similar passions. Provide opportunities to learn from others outside of our home. Talk about other adult learners whom you admire. Go to concerts or other events that show professionals in their field. Help youth associate with other adults.
- View or listen to—and then discuss—uplifting media together.
- Be involved with great causes and great people.
- Ask grandparents to share stories and anecdotes; they love to!