Whether they are at home or at school, children need opportunities to continue learning outside of the classroom. From big transitions to everyday life, parents involvement in education is what keeps children grounded and emotionally secure. Being actively involved in your child’s education is a tremendously positive way to not only reinforce what they are learning at school but also build a stronger relationship with your child through learning.
Studies have shown that parental involvement in education leads to:
- Better Grades
- Better Self- Esteem
- Stronger parent-child relationships
- Fewer behavior issues
Are you ready to become more actively involved in your child’s academic success? Here are some ideas:
- Open communication with your child’s teacher is paramount. If you have a question or concern, voice it. You are your child’s most prominent advocate.
- Check your child’s folder for homework and school communication.
- Check your child’s online portal if that is the way your school has chosen to communicate. Grades, upcoming events, and other valuable information are provided there.
- Volunteer in the classroom when you are able.
- You can be involved in your child’s education at home by helping your child complete their homework, and as they get older, allow them to finish their work on their own.
- Ensure your child is getting to school on time.
Encourage learning at home.
- Have a designated study or reading space.
- Read together before bed. Choose both fiction and nonfiction books. Your local library is an excellent resource for your child to choose books related to their current interests. You can help them find books that are appropriate for their reading level.
Make learning at home fun!
- Go to the grocery store together.
- Cook and bake together. Measuring out ingredients and following a recipe are both ways to reinforce the math and comprehension skills they are learning at school. For little ones, learning to scoop and dump ingredients strengthens both broad and fine motor skills. Give them as much independence in the kitchen as is appropriate for their age.
- Go for a walk in the park or trails in your area. Look for plants, bugs, and wildlife that is all around. You never know what you might see.
Keep educational games, tools, and crafts available at home.
- Pinterest is a favorite resource of many parents who are looking for science experiments to do at home with the ingredients they have on hand.
- Most stores have ample supplies of craft tools like fun scissors, construction paper, markers, glue, and a rainbow of other things. Most children will use more creativity with simple supplies. Don’t worry about the mess. Messes do clean up!
- Visit the hobby store to pick up supplies for what might interest your child during this phase of his/her life.
- Becoming involved in your child’s education takes both time and commitment, but the outcome is worth it! “It is important to show your child you value their education and you believe they can be successful in school.”