You like to be there for your child's school functions and your child is thrilled by your presence. Research shows that active parental involvement in schools helps students achieve all-round development and greater academic success
How can you get more involved
Each school has its own set of guidelines on parental involvement. You might want to find your own ways to get involved but they should be aligned according to school rules. Forge a parent-school partnership that will be conducive to your child's progress.
Here are some ways to enhance your participation:
Ask your way around: Your child's school will be your best source of information. Ask teachers how you can help your child better his performance in school.
Volunteer: A school calendar is dotted with many activities like sports day, cultural functions and fundraising events. These are the best times to volunteer. Overburdened teachers will welcome your help with a sigh of relief. For example, you can be there for your child's theatrical debut not only as audience but also as a backstage helper.
Meet teachers: Take an appointment to meet teachers regularly and track your child's progress. These meetings should always be brief and your approach should be polite. Get to know new teachers and acquaint them if your child has any special needs. Inform the teachers about major changes at home like an illness, transfers, etc. If the teacher points out your child's weak points, work on them and follow-up with her. If you have any disagreements with the teacher don't bring them up in your child's presence.
Be there for PTAs: Attend parent-teacher meetings. This a time dedicated for you so take full advantage of the opportunity. Come prepared with your questions and take note of suggestions. Familiarize teachers with difficulties the child might be facing at home and how can you both help her. PTA meets are very beneficial if your child is a bit shy. Tell the teacher about your child's talents and hobbies so he gets more chances to showcase them.
Enroll in parents groups: Many schools encourage parents to develop small groups to help in school administration. For example, there are parents groups in some schools that help parents of new students get acquainted with administration and procedures.
But I am busy
Not all parents can play an active role in their child's schooling. Many times both parents work full-time. Meet the teacher early in the year to let her know of any time constraints. Find out if she can answer your questions through notes, emails or phone calls. Tell her about your intent to be there as much as possible.
Study the school calendar and mark events you can attend. What are the most crucial events? Plan your leave so you don't miss them.
Involvement at home
Whether you are an active parent at school or not, be totally involved in your child's learning at home. Even traditional home-based parental activities contribute to a successful school life.
- Support his routine of homework, playtime, meals and bedtime.
- Set fixed times for television, internet and games.
- Make dinner time a family time. Table conversations help your child understand things, people and issues around him and encourage him to express his opinions.
- Get to know what's going on at school.