Parent Participation in School

Something to keep in mind as the school year starts is the importance of being involved. Overall, you want to provide your child with a sense of a home-school connection. This means the child grows up feeling that my school values my parents and my parents appreciate my school.

At the school, this can happen in big ways like being a room-parent, helping plan class parties or volunteering time in the classroom. This can happen in smaller ways, by sending in the party supplies, keeping up with the weekly schedule and having open conversation about their daily experiences or attending extra curricular activities.

At home, this can include checking homework and helping them study, reading aloud daily and taking outings or finding websites related to what they are learning about in school. This can be as easy as telling them what you like about their school or teacher.

Children who grow up with this home-school connection from parent involvement tend to have better test scores and higher graduation rates. They tend to particpate more in the classroom and report greater enjoyment in school.

Author: Dr. Rene Hackney

With a MA in school psychology and a PhD in developmental psychology, I founded and work as a parent educator at Parenting Playgroups. Somewhere in there I trained in the Developmental Clinic at Children's NMC and in the public schools. I have two beautiful, funny children who make me practice what I preach most everyday.

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