Parents are not only custodians, but they are instrumental in the development of their child’s social, emotional, academic and physical well-being. They are the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents to protect them and provide for their needs. Parent’s engagement empowers parents to become partners in their child’s education.
Studies show that there is a strong relationship between the nature of family background and the academic performance of children. Good and poor performance in national examination has been credited to many factors that are family based. In 2010, study on school improvement illustrated in the book ‘Organizing Schools for Improvement’ by Lessons from Chicago showed that family engagement is one of the five essential supports for school improvement. The researchers found out that primary schools with strong family engagements were ten times more likely to improve in mathematics and four times more likely to improve in reading than schools weak in this line. When parents are involved in their child’s schooling, they are more informed decision makers, better goal setters, and stronger voices for their child’s education and overall well-being.
Parent involvement can be well-defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent in the education of his or her child. Parents can demonstrate involvement at both at school and at home.
At school we can build Strong relationships between parents and teachers, as well as between students and their teachers support student success. Encourage your child to get to know his or her teacher. Students who are comfortable and feel supported by their teachers are more likely to succeed and in school. As parents we can also attend school events and track their child’s grades. Students whose parents are involved in these activities tend to have fewer problems in school and that equals to better performance.
Being an involved parent is not limited to the school environment. There are many things you can do at home to support your child’s education including: Making sure your child attends school each day, Making sure your child gets to school on time, Reading together at home, Setting aside a time and place for homework and ensuring your child completes his or her homework. Make every activity a learning opportunity. Going to the library, to the museum, and even to the grocery store –anything can be an opportunity to learn something new.
As your child’s first teacher, you will have a significant impact on your child’s education. It is important to show your child you value their education and you believe he or she can be successful in school.
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