The school has begun and this is the first time that your child is spending a bigger portion of their day at school than with you. You might be a little relieved but also a little worried. But don’t fear.
All you need are a few tips for parent involvement in education. These tips should help strengthen the bond between parent and child, especially with regard to school and learning. If you already know them and utilize them, that is great. But if you are curious and want to know more, then read on!
1. Be In The Know
Continue to spend time with your child. This seems like a no-brainer, but most parents seem to think that they don’t need to talk since the child is already so active, be it with school, friends or extracurricular activities. It doesn’t hurt to spend a few minutes each day listen to what happened during each period of school. When you keep doing this over a period of time, this becomes a habit that the child herself wants to practice. For older children, this is a way to still talk to parents without seeming like they need them.
2. Make Your Presence Felt
Maybe you child is the most conscientious and dedicated one that you’ve seen. And you’re not bragging about. However, it does not mean you should leave them to their own devices. During homework and study time, make sure that you are around and that they can feel your presence. You don’t need to hover like a helicopter and neither should be invisible. They just need to know that, if they need you, you’re there to help or provide support.
3. Keep The Lines of Communication Open With Teachers
Children are the ones who benefit the most from a parent-teacher conversation. Communicate with your child’s teachers and other school staff frequently and know about your child’s habits and attitude in school. The onus is not always on the teacher. You can take active part too. When called for a parent-teachers meet, make a note of questions that you wish to discuss with the teacher. Be open to negative feedback about your child. Discuss with the teacher how you can help your child.
4. Involvement In School & Community
A parent’s involvement in a child’s school activities has a great effect on child’s success. Attend school activities like cultural plays, sports events etc. Your child might not express it openly, but he/she will extremely pleased to see you there. You will also get an opportunity to interact with other children and their parents. You don’t need to be behind the scenes orchestrating everything. However, you do need to show your child that you do care and that you are interested int their life at school.
What habits do you follow with your children? And how have they helped you and your child? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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