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Tips on Increasing Parental Involvement In Children’s Education

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We are great parents. We attend all meetings, volunteer for the school fundraising events and help organize trips for the whole class. We take care of our children, make sure they are safe, warm and fed, urge them to do their homework and don’t allow to spend too much time watching TV. What else can we do to show our involvement and support for our kids?

Your kid’s teachers might have a few interesting suggestions on this one. Here are four things they wish parents would do:

1.Let Your Child Be More Independent.

Schools nowadays tend to encourage children of young age to be more independent. They ask parents to dress their kids in clothes that they can easily take off and put on without anybody helping them, children are expected to do chores about the classroom and complete their classwork activities on their own.

However, teachers say many parents do not try to support this initiative at home and, on the contrary, feel they are obliged to give their child time to relax and enjoy themselves after an exhausting school day. They allow them to watch TV, play video games and go outside with friends.

What is more, they often pardon young kids from doing their homework or take the lead and help them instead of motivating children to work independently.

2.Stay In Touch With Your Kid’s Teacher.

It is vital that your kid’s classroom teacher is always accessible to you and can answer any question or discuss your concerns about your child’s education. Many parents fail to recognize the importance of such interaction, and thus whenever a problem occurs, seek to contact a school administrator or, worse yet, start blaming the child.

In situations like this, no one can give you a more reliable feedback on your child’s academic, social or developmental progress than their teacher.

3.Read the Handbook Given by Teachers at the Beginning of the School Year.

Teachers spend much of their summer holiday time compiling the information that parents might be interested in. Most parents pay little if any attention to these handbooks being too busy preparing their kids for a new school year.

Over the course of the year, however, many questions arise that the handbook could have answered, had they taken time to read it carefully.

4.Teach Your Kid to Turn Off All Gadgets When In Class.

Being too difficult to enforce, many rules that forbid children from using cell phones and other gadgets in class, are now abandoned by schools. Although parents’ motives can be well understood (they want to be able to reach their kids any time to see how they are doing), it still creates a great deal of distraction for the child himself, his classmates and teachers.

If you made up your mind to allow your child to take gadgets to school, be courteous to not call or text them during their lessons. In case you have a message for your kid, call the school’s office instead.

Ultimately, the only thing that teachers really want from parents is to have an open dialogue and to be able to work together helping children achieve their very best.


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