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November 9th, 2017
The Importance of Parent Engagement in a Child’s Education – Part 2
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom
Last week, we talked about how important it is to be involved with your child when it comes to his or her education, but many parents wonder, what does parent engagement mean? How can I be most effective when it comes to involvement in my child’s education?
What Does Parent Engagement in Your Child’s Education Mean?
Here are some tips:
Start Early and Be Hands-On
- The earlier a parent gets involved in a child’s education, the more powerful the results;
- The most effective form of parental involvement are parents working directly with their children on learning activities at home.
Set High Standards for Your Child
- Research shows that parents of high achieving students set higher standards for their children’s educational achievement than parents of low achieving students.
- What can you do? Set high expectations of your child’s achievement in school from the very beginning!
More Tips for Being Involved in Your Child’s Education
- Show your child that you value hard work, education and accomplishment,
- Work with your child on reading, math and other skills at home,
- Have a home library of books you read to your child and that your child can read,
- Visit local places of interest, and provide educational stimulation through monitored use of online learning sites and apps,
- Carefully monitor after-school activities – limit TV watching, have a place and time for homework activities, arrange for after-school activities and supervised care,
- Establish family routines for homework, chores, family dinner, bedtime, and family activities,
- Encourage lively family discussions at the dinner table,
- Encourage and support your child’s special interests and natural talents,
- Praise your child for hard work, process and effort rather than natural intelligence and being smart; give your child strategies and ideas for becoming more productive in areas that challenge them
- Stay involved in your child’s school – attend conferences, understand the curriculum, volunteer, show up for school activities and events and help your child with homework,
- If you have a sense that your child might have a learning or other issue, you are probably right. Seek out professional help to uncover the problem and solutions.
- Set goals with your child if he is struggling in any subject, monitor his progress, and stay in touch with his teacher to turn around any area of academic challenge; get your child the help he needs via educational psychologists, tutors, on or off-line education programs, or your own daily practice of working together,
Never hesitate to advocate for your child where additional resources or school support is needed academically or socially. Just assume, if you don’t do it, nobody will.