Become an active parent in your child’s school by taking interest in different aspects of the school. A school with active parent involvement is more than likely going to be a higher performing school. Schools that are held accountable by parents will make shifts in their management to accommodate the needs of their families. Also, parents who are actively involved in their child’s learning show their children the importance of learning. Children become more excited in their learning because their parents are taking an active interest in their day-to-day education. Here are some tips to help you become more active in your child’s education:
1. Become a PTO/PTA member. The PTO (Parents and Teachers Organization) is a group at one school dedicated to serving children at that school by using the input of both staff and parents while a PTA (Parents and Teachers Association) is a national organization that works to make improvements at all schools. It is up to the parent to find out which group exists in their area and at their school. If none is established, a parent should look into ways to form a group. If you are only interested in your child’s school, then you should look into joining or starting a PTO in your school. There are many organizations in the District that will help parents to form their own PTO. If you are interested in starting a PTO, please contact me and I will provide the necessary contacts. An active PTO/PTA can change the school’s climate. It’s up to dedicated parents to make a difference. Many times, parents want to be involved but do not know how. All it takes is the initiative of one parent to make a difference in the lives of many children. You can be that parent!
2. Find out what your school offers. In the District, many schools have outside partnerships with groups that help to supplement our children’s education. Ask your teacher or principal what programs are offered to your child. Many of these programs are free of charge and provide more intensive interventions for your child. The best part of these programs is that most provide before and after-care for your child. These times are structured and well supervised. Children are having fun and learning. A good community organization will have a multitude of programs that your child can take advantage of at little or no cost. As a parent, you should look into your school’s community partners and find out how you can get your child involved and many times you can become involved, too.
3. Become a Parent Volunteer. When the school year begins offer your time to your child’s teacher. If you have some free time during the week, ask if you can come into the class to help with lunch, a special project, hanging up work, cleaning up, etc. The less a teacher has to focus on menial tasks, the more time that teacher has to focus on lesson planning and instruction. If your free time is minimal, ask to become a chaperone on field trips. These trips are not often and are usually fun and exciting for parents. When a child sees that you are willing to give up some of your free time for their education, they will become more involved in their own learning.
It is the smallest things that make the biggest differences in the lives of children. The one person that has the most affect on their children’s learning is the parent. An active parent makes a well-educated child. Become involved and make a difference in your child’s life.