How To Get Involved With Your Child’s School
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When your children start school, it’s easy to feel a little disconnected from them. After all, they’ve been completely dependent on you for a number of years and now they’re off out in the world, making friends and learning.
However, it’s important to maintain a connection to your child’s education journey, whether that’s helping them with their homework or volunteering at their school.
Here is a range of things that you can do in order to be involved.
Study the curriculum
Do you know what you’re child is studying at school? At the beginning of the academic year, get a copy of the curriculum and get an understanding of the topics they will be studying and brush up on anything you’re unfamiliar with. If you’re asked to help out with homework, it’ll be much easier than trying to relearn everything on the fly or bluff your way through it with Google.
Attend parent-teacher conferences
Rather than waiting for the end-of-year school report, find out how your child is doing early by talking to their teachers when you get the opportunity. By doing this, you’ll get to know your children’s strengths and any potential issues with learning or behavior you can work on at home with them.
Join the PTA
Parent teachers associations (PTAs) are very important to schools. As the name suggests, they are made up of school staff, teachers, and parents of children at school. They are involved in many areas and influence the policy of schools. PTAs often organize events, and fundraising initiatives and volunteer to accompany children on school trips.
Beyond this, they also campaign for things such as better nutrition, and changes to the curriculum. They can also work with people such as Matthias O’Meara, Founder of Choice Advisors, on financing sustainability and growth initiatives.
Joining a PTA is not only a great way to stay connected with your child’s school but also helps you make friends, network, and develop your new skills.
If you don’t have time to regularly commit to a PTA, there are often quarterly meetings you can attend to have your say on things and find out what’s happening.
Advocate a love of learning
If you don’t have the time, or inclination to get involved with the school directly. There are still things you can do that will benefit your child’s learning both in the early stages and for the rest of their lives.
Having a positive attitude towards learning, in general, is a great behavior to model for your child. Reading with them when they are very young has been shown to improve educational outcomes for children throughout their entire school career.
Try and establish an environment that embraces and places importance on learning and why it’s important in life, both in terms of career and being a well-rounded person.
There are many ways that you can show an interest in your child’s school journey. Not everyone has the same amount of time they can commit to it, but you should be able to find something that works for you and your children.
*This article is based on personal suggestions and/or experiences and is for informational purposes only. This should not be used as professional advice. Please consult a professional where applicable.