With most people relying on social media these days to connect with others, it can be difficult for parents to feel a sense of involvement at their children’s school. As a mental health professional who works in a preschool, I am always trying to get parents to participate in activities and workshops. When parents are actively involved in the educational activities of their children, kids tend to be more successful in school.
An efficient way to ensure there is an ongoing communication with your children’s school would be to appoint a parent coordinator. Also, make sure to ask the principal or director who is responsible for parent involvement at the school. Having worked closely within the school community, the needs of students and their families can be met by building a relationship with parents.
Parents are a child’s first teacher, but then come their formal teachers at school, for 18-plus years. Both parents and school professionals should develop a drive to ensure continuity between school and home practices.
Remember, your home and your child’s school are the two places they spend the majority of their time. There are important correspondences between these two environments, so make sure to find a way to embrace the connection. The key to the success of children, many times, is the participation of parents in their education.
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