It’s back to school season and now is the best time to show your child that you care about his education and the school he attends.
As your child’s first teacher, you play a vital role in their education. It’s important for you to create connections from your home to your child’s school, and to consider yourself a partner in your child’s academic success.
Schools recognize this and they want to support your involvement. Here are 5 ways you can help:
1. Reach Out to the Teacher
Ask your child’s teacher how you can participate in the classroom. For example, the teacher might want you to help tutor other students or volunteer for classroom activities.
2. Keep the Teacher Updated
Communicate with your child’s teacher or other school staff throughout the year, not just during parent-teacher conferences. Call the teacher directly, write, send email or meet with the teacher and school staff about any concerns you have and about what your child does well.
3. Check in on Homework
Review your child’s homework and discuss it with him to make sure he understands the assignment. This will better prepare you to discuss any concerns or questions you have with the teacher.
4. Volunteer at School
Serve as a volunteer on a local school advisory or decision-making committee, like the PTA. This also provides a great opportunity to meet other parents.
5. Understand Your Child’s Abilities
It’s important to recognize how your child learns. Ask the school counselor for ways to identify your child’s special talents or any challenges they may have.
When parents are seen as supporters of their child’s school and classroom, the quality of the learning environment becomes a shared responsibility and a source of pride for everyone.