The value of parental involvement in a child's education

Posted on Friday, 3/22/2013 6:21 pm

Sometimes, it can seem like teachers have all the answers, but this is not the case. In fact, as instructors only spend a set amount of time with kids each week, there is a lot they simply cannot teach them. This is just one reason why parental involvement in children's education is so important.

When parents know what their children are covering at school, they have a chance to enhance kids' learning experience when they are not in the classroom. 

How parents can become more involved
Schools cannot require parents to take an interest in their children's education; they can only encourage them to stay up to date on what is going on in their kids' classrooms. This process begins with parents trying to communicate more with their children's teachers. According to The Center for Public Education, communication is just one way parents can become more involved in their children's studies.

Web-based solutions, such as Software Answers' online GradeBook, provide parents with an opportunity to access and view lesson plans and other curricular materials. With this information, they are better able to check up on their kids' academic progress, help them with difficult assignments and plan activities that enhance the instruction teachers are providing. For example, if students are learning about World War II in social studies class, their parents could take them to a local museum featuring exhibits related to the conflict or perhaps share photos and stories of a relative who fought in the war.

Finding out what instructors are teaching at school will also become more important as institutions transition to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, as the switch may take some getting used to.

Another form of parental involvement is volunteering. The Center for Public Education states that parents can find opportunities at their children's school to help out in the classroom. This allows them to experience what their kids do on an average school day. Parents can also observe instructors' teaching styles and strive to align their own teaching techniques with these methods.

How parental involvement benefits students
When parents play an active role in their children's education, kids can benefit in many ways. For example, past research has shown that students tend to become better learners when their parents are more involved in their studies, as many of them achieve higher grades and test scores, according to Education.com. Improved attendance, better self-esteem, bolstered self-discipline and greater interest in their studies have also been known to follow a higher level of parental involvement.

Children are not the only ones who benefit when their parents take a greater interest in their school life, as this provides growth opportunities for mothers and fathers as well. According to the website, parents stand to become more confident in the decisions they make. At the same time, they could develop more respect for their kids' teachers and the job they do every day.

Ultimately, parents alone have to make the choice as to how much they will become involved in their children's education. It is important for them to remember that even a small amount of engagement has the potential to make all the difference.

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