Do you wish your child's school performed better? Get involved! Learn about the many benefits to students, parents and schools when parents get involved in their children’s education.
Parent volunteers have long played a vital role in public schools. From serving on the PTA
to planning the class party
, parents that give of their time, energy and talents are often responsible for making the public school system what it is for the students. However, few parents who immerse themselves in class volunteer projects realize the far-reaching benefits those few hours provide. Check out these 10 ways parental involvement improves school performance for the students and the schools themselves.
Positive Early Start
Parents are the first teachers children have, according to a report in the Tahlequah Daily Press. This gives parents the unique opportunity to positively influence students before the first school bell ever rings. By tackling those early learning issues head-on, parents are also better prepared to get involved with their children’s schooling once they head off to public schools.
“There is an obvious difference in children who have participated in activities from an early age,” Susan VanZant, the principal at Greenwood Elementary School
in Oklahoma, told the Daily Press. VanZant added that the advantages can continue if parents remain in contact with the teacher throughout their child’s schooling.
“The teacher is always the first go-to person, especially with questions about curriculum,” VanZant explained. Teachers can also be the best contact for questions about discipline, behavior and social issues, unless another school employee is specifically appointed for this purpose. For example, Greenwood Elementary has a parent liaison that is specially trained to work with parents on these matters.
Higher Attendance Ratings
When parents are directly involved at school, attendance is likely to be higher. According to the Edmunds Sun, parents who volunteer in schools impart the importance of education to their children. This simple act helps to keep children in the classroom, especially during the high school years when regular attendance is critical to student success.
Improved Behavior and Social Skills
When parents and teachers partner together, it is much easier to address behavior issues in the early stages, before they become major obstacles in a child’s education. Parents need to know...read more