Getting Involved in Your Child's Education
Parental Involvement Key to Child's Academic Success
Studies have proven over and over again that a home environment that encourages learning is more important to student achievement than educational level or cultural background. Here are some ways in which you can get involved and help your child achieve and succeed:
- Get involved early. The earlier you get involved in your child's education, the better.
- Read to them. Reading aloud to children is the most important activity you can do to assure their reading success. Talk to them about what was read and ask them questions and get their thoughts.
- Organize, help and discuss. Actively organizing and monitoring a child's time, helping with homework and discussing school matters are three kinds of parental support that are consistently associated with higher student achievement.
- Demonstrate you care. Ask your children questions about school, know their teachers and school projects. Show them that school and education are important.
- Reinforce learning. Use activities like playing games or cooking to reinforce what your child is learning at school. For example, sorting laundry or clutter helps build early algebra skills.
Establish a dialogue. Communicating with your child's teacher is a key in building a strong parent-teacher relationship. Keeping in mind the teacher's time and responsibilities, stay-in-touch with them in regards to your child's school work.
- Help teachers succeed. Since every student learns differently, teachers need your help in getting to know your child.
- Optimize parent-teacher conferences. Be on time and respect the time allotted for the conference. Be prepared by talking to your child. Ask them their likes and dislikes about school and if there is anything they would like you to discuss with their teacher. Tell them not to worry and that the meeting is to help them.
- Be a voice for quality education. Vote in school board elections, help your school set academic standards and become an advocate—on a small or large scale — for better education.
- Volunteer. Schools need all types of help. Give whatever time and effort you can.
Getting involved consistently with one, two or all of the suggestions mentioned above will have a huge payback — your child's success!
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