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Involvement in School

Parent Involvement

No matter what your schedule or time constraints, there are ways you can get involved in your child's school. Research shows that parental involvement in a child's academic life is key to school success. Building relationships with your child's school and fellow parents are important ways to become a part of your child's school life. 

 

 

Learning Enrichment at Home

Make your home a rich environment for learning. Dinner conversations, trips, games, reading time, family sports, appropriate supervision, home organization, and daily routines all contribute to your child’s academic achievement at school.

Utilize resources in your community to provide enrichment activities for your child. Experiential learning through museum trips, music, dance, and art lessons, sports programs, libraries, and colleges' community outreach education will enrich your child’s store of knowledge and stimulate a lifelong learning habit.

Use your computer to enrich and support your child’s educational achievement. Start with understanding what your child is learning at school and what her learning strengths and needs are. Look through her textbooks and familiarize yourself with her test scores to get clues for finding the best online resources and software to enhance her understanding of the academic material and remediate where she has deficits.

Use these resources to enrich your child’s education at home:  

School Visits and Parent Teacher Conferences

Meet the Teacher Day

Your first visit of the year is usually the day before school starts when your child finds out who his teacher is, and which of his friends are in his room this year! We make this a fun day to get into the excitement of starting back to school. Parents get a chance to meet the teacher and see the classroom where the child we’ll be spending his days. Take time to look at your child’s textbooks; the teacher might let you take them home. Familiarize yourself with the material your child will be learning to prepare your home enrichment ideas.

Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

This is your opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns you have about your child. Before you go, think of two or three issues that you want to discuss with the teacher. Take a notepad to the conference so that you can jot down important information the teacher gives you about your child’s test scores, homework, class participation and attitude, social adjustment, and curriculum. Ask the teacher how you can help your child achieve the goals for your child’s grade level. Be sure to remember the positive things the teacher says about your child to report to her when you get home!

Most teachers have an email account these days. If your child’s teacher is into technology, give her your email address and ask her to contact you when there is a problem or if she just wants to let you know something about your child. Ask her if you may also contact her by email when you have questions about your child at school.  

Parents Volunteer and financial support for Schools

It’s hard for busy working parents to attend every meeting or participate in every committee or event sponsored by the parent group. Smart parent groups divide up the work so that no one is overwhelmed. If time for meetings is lacking in your life, go to the first and last meetings of the year at least, so that you will know what is planned. Choose an activity or event that works for you and do your part to support the goals of the group.

Parent groups give parents a voice in their local schools. They support schools in a variety of ways such as volunteer activities, Teacher Appreciation events, and fundraising for needed educational enhancements.

With a little help from the ‘Net parents can find lots of great ideas to make school fundraising fun and profitable:  

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