According to studies, the positive psychological impact of parent involvement in schools can be huge for kids. See how you can get involved today.
Think about your child and where they spend the majority of their days during the week. Yep, you guessed it… School. They start their mornings and end their afternoons at school. The time they spend at school is comparative to what we spend at a full-time job, as the hours are almost the same. While it is important for your child to go to school, there are ways to find time during those hours that they are there, to be engaged and helpful as well. If you are looking at trying to find ways to become more involved with your child’s school, here are a few suggestions on how to get started doing so.
Get to know their teachers.
While there are the normal instances to interact with teachers such as parent-teacher conferences, try to go above and beyond those moments. Most teachers communicate with parents via email, so take the time to ask about your child and how they are doing in class.
Offer to help in the classroom.
A teacher’s job is never-ending, and sometimes they just need some help! See if they have any tasks that they could use some assistance with and then be that person to help them get it done. Often times they may need help in cutting out projects for upcoming lesson plans or help to organize their classroom. You won’t know what you can do until you ask!
Attend field trips.
Outings for kids are the best. They love to be able to go on their field trips, but there is a lot of work that has to be done behind the scenes to make those field trips possible. Volunteer to be a chaperone for the outing! It’s a great way to be there with your child and be active in something that they are excited about.
Sign up to be a Classroom Parent.
Be prepared, the life of a classroom parent can be a busy one. It’s a fabulous way to be able to be a part of all things school-related at your child’s school, but it can also be a very active position as well. Classroom parents often help plan each classroom party and also find other parents to help out with those class parties. They also organize collaborative gifts to give to the teacher for special events from the students and parents as well. While it can be time-consuming, it is a great way to be active on most things going on in your child’s school and classroom and also get to know a lot of the parents of other students in your child’s class as well.
Join the PTA.
PTAs vary from school to school. Some PTAs are parent-run and extremely active, while others may have a more laid-back approach. Go to the next PTA meeting and see how it is structured. There are great benefits to being active with the PTA such as being able to learn about upcoming events at school, having a voice or opinion on matters that affect the school and knowing that you are volunteering your time to make the school a better place for your child and the other students attending. If you are wanting an even larger active role and more responsibilities within the PTA, volunteer to become the head of a committee. There are a ton of committees that need someone to lead them! There are communication committees, fundraiser committees, and even the option to try for the Vice-President or President position if you desire.
Talk to your child.
One of the best ways to be in the know about what your child needs or wants is to talk to them. They may have different thoughts or feelings about you being involved at their school, and it’s important to hear them out. Respect them enough to communicate with them about those thoughts and feelings.
Being a part of your child’s school can be a very rewarding experience. Not only does it allow you to know what is going on there during the day-to-day, it also allows you to find ways to spend a little bit of extra time with your child for the hours that they are outside the home. If you can find a way to be involved more with your child’s school, it’s a great opportunity to be able to show support for your child in their educational journey!