The Role of Parents in Improving Education For Their Child
As a parent, we all are our child’s first and most important teacher. When parents are involved in their children’s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school.
Here are some ideas on the role of parents in improving school diversity.
Should develop a partnership with your child’s teachers
- Meet your child’s teacher. You can always share your views if you want to help your child in learning. Make it clear that you want the teacher to contact you if any problems develop with your child.
Communication is a MUST THING.
- Get to know who is who at your child’s school. There are many people at your child’s school, grow socially and emotionally and navigate the school environment.
- Attend parent-teacher meeting. You can also ask to meet with your child’s teacher any time during the year. If you have a concern and can’t meet face-to-face, send the teacher a short note or set up a time to talk on the phone, as a part of the class what’s app portal.
Should Support in Academics
- Try to know how your child is doing. If your child is not keeping up, especially when it comes to reading, writing or any other issue, ask what you can do to help. It’s important to act early before your child gets too far behind. Also be sure to review your child’s report card each time it comes out.
Ask for special services if you think your child may need it. If your child is having problems with learning, ask the school to evaluate your child in his or her strongest language. The teacher might be able to provide accommodations for your child in the class.
- You should always check that your child does his homework regularly. Communicate it directly to the child that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day. You can help your child with homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions such as the television and social phone calls during homework time, if possible.
Remember that doing your child’s homework for him won’t help him in the long run.
- Ask for help. If it is difficult for you to help your child with homework or school projects, see if you can find someone else who can help. Contact the school’s libraries. Or see if an older student, neighbor, or friend can help your child.
- Always help your child to prepare for test/exam. As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking a mock test, as well as there are other ways also by which you can support your child’s learning habits on a daily basis that will help her/him be more prepared when it’s time to be tested.
Should be involved with your child’s school
- Know what all your child’s school is offering. Read the information the school sends home. Talk to other parents to find out what programs the school offers. Maybe there’s a music program, after-school activity, sports team, or tutoring program your child would enjoy. Remember to keep track of events throughout the school year.
- It’s good to volunteer at your child’s school. Teachers appreciate it when parents help out at the school. There are many ways you can contribute. You can volunteer in your child’s class or in the school library etc. It gives motivation to your child, which does a lot.
Should be informed
Let the school know your concerns. Is your child doing well in school? Or having trouble learning, behaving, or studying? Any problem with another student, teacher, or administrator? If you have a concern share it with school authorities.
Role of Parents at home
Show a positive attitude about education to your children
What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners.
Monitor your child’s television, video game, and Internet use/ social media
Nowadays children on an average spend far more time watching TV, playing video games and using the internet than they do complete homework or other school-related activities. You can offer some ideas for helping your child use the media effectively.
Encourage your child to read
Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school and in life. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning, that should be inculcated in your child.
Converse with your child
Conversing with your child playa major role in his school success. It’s through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well.
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Books are your real friend, use library
Libraries are places of learning and discovery for everyone. Helping your child find out about libraries will set him on the road to being an independent learner. Teach them that books are their lifelong friend.
Make your child responsible independent
Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. You can help your child to develop these qualities so that he/she can share a good relation with peer group and teachers.
Make them active learner
Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests.To promote active learning, listen to your child’s ideas and respond to them. Let him jump in with questions and opinions when you read books together.
*This article is contributed by Ms. Shephalika Shukla, an economics teacher at DPSG, Palam Vihar. In her free time, she likes to online classes to improve her command on the subject. She is passionate about dance (aerobics).