A lot of times when we think of parental involvement, we only think of sitting in the classroom. However, there are many ways parents can be involved. Many parents don’t think of the things they can do both at school, and away from school, to show that they are a concerned and involved parent. Teachers have reported that when it comes to parental involvement the only times they really see the parents is for field trips and special programs at school. This article will highlight other ways parents may choose to become involved:
•Class story time- Call the teacher and schedule a time where you can come in and read a story to the class. This will allow the teacher some time to do other housekeeping things that needs to be done.
•Class newsletter- If time permits volunteer to create and type a newsletter for the class. This will give the teacher time to focus his/her attention on grading papers and planning lessons.
•Volunteer in the office/library- At times both the office and the library can become very hectic with outside traffic. Volunteering in either place will help the office workers and librarian tremendously.
•Showcase your talent- Teachers love exposing their students to new and exciting things. Who better to assist with this than a parent. If you love to garden, then plan to start a garden with your child’s class. If you’re musically talented, then teach them how to play a few notes on the keyboard. Anything like this would be a great experience for the kids.
•Work related- If you work for a company, then think about asking the manager or owner about sponsoring your child’s school. Many times companies are really great about doing this because it allows them to promote their services.
•Box Tops- The next time you’re grocery shopping, think of adding items that has the Box Top label. Box Tops can be found on items such as Hamburger Helper, Bisquick, Yoplait, and many others. To find out more about Box Tops, visit www.boxtopsforeducation.com.
•Program Helper- Instead of waiting to come the day of a special program, try to come out and help with putting the event together. Practice with the students, decorate the school, print programs, or whatever else the event coordinator may need you to do.
The bottom line is there’s always a way to become an active parent. Don’t let this time pass you by without showing the teachers, principal, and more importantly, your child how much their education means to you. Figure out what you can do, then dive in and do it. Anyone can be a spectator, but it takes a special parent to really get in there and get involved. Your child and their teacher will appreciate you and all your efforts.
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