There is no question about whether or not a good education is valuable to a child. Many parents are concerned about the quality of their child's education and want to make sure it's as good as it can be. Being actively engaged as a parent in your child's education is a great way to get a feel for this and even improve it. So what are some ways you can be more actively engaged?
Volunteer for the PTA
Getting involved as a volunteer in your local parent teacher association is a great way to get more involved in your child's education. In PTA organizations, parents and teachers work together to plan social events, organize fundraisers, and to discuss problems facing schools and students and work together to come up with solutions. They help parents become more engaged in the education process and help build relationships between parents and teachers. According to Team Satchel, meetings are an important part of the PTA organization, so if you choose to volunteer make sure you regularly attend those meetings to reap the benefits.
Donate Books and Supplies
Donating books and supplies may not do much to get you very actively involved in the day to day aspects of your child's education, but that doesn't mean it's any less valuable. According to AdoptAClassroom.org, one survey done in 2018 found that on average teachers spend $740 out of their own pockets each year on classroom supplies. Not every family is in a position to donate some of their own funds to purchase books or supplies for classrooms, but if you can your child's teacher will greatly appreciate it. So will the students whose families may not be able to afford to provide those supplies. This act alone can enrich an entire classroom and the learning experience within it.
Donate Safety Equipment
Similarly, donating safety equipment is also a valuable contribution. This is even more important this year than previously thanks to the prevalence of COVID-19. With limited resources and schools reopening for on site education, many are feeling very concerned about the safety of their children. You can help by donating gloves, disposable masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and other safety supplies. Of course, it's still important to consider ways to improve classroom safety beyond the spread of illness. Cuts and bruises won't stop happening just because everyone's energy is focused on illness prevention. Ask your child's teacher if there's anything you can do for them to help make the classroom safer. According to HangSafe Hooks, removing protruding coat hooks can reduce classroom injuries. And in the inevitable event of an injury, having a well-stocked first aid kit can be incredibly helpful.
Review Their Homework
Though questions have arisen regarding whether or not homework is valuable and should be given, it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon in most cases. Teachers expect homework to be completed, preferably correctly, but that can be difficult for students sometimes. As a parent, one of the ways you can be more actively engaged in your child's education is to help them with their homework. This is especially beneficial if they don't understand it. If they're struggling with their grades, this gives you an opportunity to see why they are struggling and to help them improve. As you help them with their homework, you can review it with them to ensure that it has been done correctly. This will help them learn the concepts better and improve their grades.
Be a Classroom Volunteer
By volunteering in your child's classroom, you show your child that you are interested in their education and want to have a hand in making it a good one. Even if your child acts embarrassed to have you in their classroom, they're almost certainly pleased to see you there. You'll be able to build a better relationship with their teacher and get an understanding for how the classroom works. You'll also have a chance to see the way the children interact with one another, giving you a glimpse into how your child gets along with others. It also shows your child that it's important to volunteer and contribute to the community for the benefit of all without needing to be paid for what you do.
A child's education goes beyond what they learn in school. Teachers can't teach a child everything, especially with all the responsibilities they already have and all the children they have under their care. According to North Shore Pediatric Therapy, teaching a child how to manage emotions is important since that is a skill they will need throughout their life in every facet of it. As a parent, you can coach your child regarding emotional and social matters since you'll likely be able to give them more personal attention when related issues surface. These learning experiences can be beneficial for both you and your child. They will learn new skills and you will have an opportunity to hone your own understanding of various concepts as you attempt to teach them.
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
Not every parent has time to volunteer in their child's class. Finding time to attend a parent-teacher conference can be much easier, especially since they tend to take place outside of normal working hours and are much shorter. These conferences give parents and teachers a chance to discuss the child, their progress, their needs, and any concerns either party has. The hope is that by the end of it both parties are on the same page and better prepared to help the child with their education. According to Bright Horizons, you should approach these conferences with the determination to make them a success and of benefit to your child.
Talk to Them
At the end of the day, you want your child to know you love them and care about their happiness and wellbeing. Their education is part of that. Being able to just talk about school and how it's going, and to have open, honest dialogue, is one of the simplest ways you as a parent can be more actively engaged in your child's education. Ask them about school, their teachers, and what they learned, and then actively listen to what they have to say. Your child will be able to tell if you're actually interested in what they're telling you, and as they notice your interest they'll open up to you even more. You may find these discussions become one of the highlights of your day as you take time to talk together and really connect.
Being actively engaged in your child's education is one of the best things you can do as a parent to help your child stay engaged themselves. As a parent, there are many ways you can be actively engaged. This will benefit both you and your child as it helps build your relationship with one another. You may even find you learn a thing or two yourself along the way.
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