Don't underestimate what you, as a parent, can contribute to your child's learning experiences, no matter how much education you yourself have. Getting involved in your child's education will make a difference.
You, as a parent, have important knowledge about your child's likes, dislikes, needs, and problems that the school may not be aware of.
You may also have ideas for improving your child's school.
What can you do to involve yourself with your child's school?
- Visit your child's classroom.
A visit will give you an idea of what your child does at school and how he or she interacts with other children.
- Volunteer to help in the classroom as an assistant.
Listen to children read, for example, or serve as an aide for a couple of hours.
- Support student events and performances by attending them and helping to prepare. For example, you might sew costumes or paint scenery for a school play.
- If your school has a parent center, drop in to meet other parents or pick up information and materials.
- Participate in workshops on child development or other parenting concerns. Consider helping to plan such workshops.
- Take advantage of opportunities outlined in parent-teacher contracts. For example, the contract may encourage you to read with your child for a certain amount of time each night.
- Ask your child's teacher for materials to help your child at home and to supplement homework.
- Be a part of decision-making committees about school issues and problems.
- Make choices, when available, about the classes, programs, or schools your child attends.
- Be aware of your child's progress compared to other students.