Being a part of your child’s education is beneficial for a number of reasons. You get to see firsthand what your child does on a daily basis. The teacher or administrators get more help when you are involved, and your little one can see that you place a lot of importance on school. Read on for seven tips on being involved with your child’s school life.
7 Tips to Being Involved with your Child’s School Life
1. Attend parent-teacher conferences
These meetings are valuable for everyone involved. It’s important you know how your child is performing at school, academically and socially. Speaking directly to his teacher gives you a first-hand account of his day-to-day activities as well as progress.
2. Volunteer in the classroom
Visiting the classroom a few times a year can give the teacher an extra hand when she may need it most. Parent volunteers can do a number of things while in the classroom including reading to the children, setting up a new bulletin board, or tutoring students.
3. Help with fundraisers
Most schools aren’t properly funded and hold bake sales or other fundraisers to earn more money from the community. These activities need support from the parents! Offer to help bake for a sale or organize a car wash or yard sale. Anything to help your child’s classroom.
4. Offer assistance with homework
As early as Kindergarten, your child will likely come home with an assignment or two. Sit down and get interested in the topics he is learning. Your child should always know he can ask you for help if his homework is difficult or overwhelming. Enforce that homework be done when he first comes home from school, before playing.
5. Attend school plays or sports games
Sometimes, being involved simply means being there to cheer your child on when he’s participating in his extracurricular activities. Make it a point to be at his basketball games, music recitals, or plays, just to show your support.
6. Chaperone field trips.
When the teacher takes a class of 20+ students on a field trip, she likely needs extra eyes to make them all. Being a parent chaperone is a great way to support her on these fun trips. Plus, you’ll get to experience the trip with your child.
7. Just don’t overdo your involvement.
While most children will appreciate an involved parent, it is possible to go overboard. You don’t have to show up in his classroom every other day to show your support. Too much can overwhelm your child and make him feel like you are more like a second teacher than a mom. For older children, it can be embarrassing to have his parent always around the school as well.
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