Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children's learning and development of social competence. When parents are involved, students achieve more, exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior, and feel more comfortable in new settings.
All parents and family members should try to find the time and make the effort because research shows that when families get involved, their children:
Get better grades and test scores; Graduate from high school at higher rates; Are more likely to go on to higher education; and Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes
Family involvement includes a lot of different types of activities. Some parents and families have time to get involved in many ways; others may only have time for one or two activities. Whatever your level of involvement, remember: if you get involved and stay involved, you can make a world of difference.
“Family Involvement in Education” can mean:
Reading a bedtime story to your preschool child
Getting involved in PTO
Discussing your child’s progress with teachers
Voting in school board elections
Limiting TV viewing
Insisting on high standards of behavior for children
Or, family involvement can be as simple as asking your child, “How was school today?” But ask every day. That will send them the clear message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect them to learn.
Things you can do to improve your child's education:
Children who read at home with their parents perform better in school. Show your kids how much you value reading by keeping good books, magazines, and newspapers in the house. Let them see you read. Take them on trips to the library and encourage them to get library cards. Let children read to you, and talk about the books. What was the book about? Why did a character act that way? What will he or she do next?
Use TV wisely
Academic achievement drop sharply for children who watch more than ten hours of television a week, or an average or more than two hours a day. Parents can limit the amount of viewing and help children select educational programs. Parents can also watch and discuss shows with their kids. This will help children understand how stories are structured.
Establish a daily family routine
Studies show that successful students have parents who create and maintain family routines. Make sure your child goes to school every day. Establish a regular time for talking about school and/or your day each afternoon or evening.