Ways to Involve Parents
Parents may think volunteering to help in the classroom is the only way to be involved, well they are wrong. There are many ways parents can involve themselves in the school. Parents and family can be involved by reading to their children, checking homework, communicating with the teacher, and attending school functions; the list goes on and on. (NEA, 2003). No matter how parents contribute time towards their child’s education, it will be important. Parental involvement is important because it makes a difference in children’s lives. (NEA, 2003). This difference includes student achievement and success.
How Parental Involvement Improves Student Achievement in School
Involving parents in the education of their children directly effects student achievement in school. Research shows that involving parents in the education of their children helps increase the child’s achievement and self- esteem. (National PTA, 2003). Students’ grades improve and they like to go to school because of parental involvement. This is because parents make the students learning process fun and exciting so they participate more often. Reitz explains that when parents are involved in their child’s education the failing students extremely improve. (1990). “The greatest impact on student achievement comes from family participation in well-designed at-home activities” (Jones, 2001, p. 2). Actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework, and discussing school matters are three kinds of parental involvement done at home that are consistently associated with higher student achievement in school. (NEA, 2003). Parents are the first teachers and role models of their children. (National PTA, 2003). This means children are most likely going to adopt their parent’s habits. Students give their parents more respect and spend more time with them on a daily basis through academic development if their families emphasize schooling and do so continually over the school years. (Dimmock & O’Donoghue, 1996). “Research indicates that parents who are involved in their child’s academic life have a profound effect on the child’s ability to learn and help instill in them an appreciation for learning that can last a lifetime” (Pape, 1999, p. 2). The National Education Association President, Bob Chase says, “Family involvement in a child’s academic life is critical. A balance must be struck between family, school, and community that allows a child to flourish, both in academics and as a person” (Pape, 1999, p. 3).
How Parental Involvement Improves Student Achievement in Life
Parental involvement helps students improve in life as well. When parents get involved with their children, the children’s self-esteem rises and they focus more on life. This is because the students feel like they are loved when their parents participate.
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