When parents hear that they need to be more involved in their childs school, the first reaction is sometimes a sense of guilt that they arent more active in the local Parent-Teacher Organization. If that motivates you to invest your time and energy into your local parent group, then you will certainly reap the benefits of that level of involvement in your childs education. But according to Joyce Pollard of the Southwest Educational Development Library, the most valuable way you can become involved in your childs education is to provide a rich learning environment in your home to support your childs academic achievement. Other parent involvement activities that benefit childrens educational development are to communicate with the teacher and school; discuss school activities with your child; and, monitor and supervise his out of school activities.
Research on the demographics of parents who are involved in their childs school finds that parents with higher educational attainment and income are attending school conferences, volunteering at schools, and supporting school events to enrich their childrens learning achievement. Parents at all socioeconomic levels can level the playing field in their childs education by taking the time to get involved. Teachers give kids more attention when they know their parents from school visits. So, make it a priority to attend school events and meetings that will help you understand and support your childs education.
How can busy working parents be involved in their children's education? Get some quick ideas for ways to be involved with and support your childs elementary education.
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