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The majority of these studies prove overwhelming evidence that children are more likely to succeed and less likely to drop out of school if their parents are involved with activities at schoo
In a recent study, A New Wave of Evidence, by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, the results of the importance of parent involvement and community supports was:
“Taken as a whole, these studies found a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and benefits for students, including improved academic achievement. This relationship holds across families of all economic, racial/ethnic, and educational backgrounds – and for students of all ages. Although there is less research on the effects of community involvement, it also suggests benefits for schools, families, and students, including improved achievement and behavior.”
Despite the results of these studies, many parents and schools struggle to facilitate parent involvement, and in most cases, parents largely stop getting involved when their child is around 14 years old.
Three ways to get involved in your child’s education
There are different ways to get involved with your child’s school and educational development:
- Teacher-parent communication: The importance of parent involvement cannot be understated when it comes to parent-teacher communication. Always keep a clear communication channel with your child’s teacher. Should a problem arise, you can keep up-to-date with your child’s performance and understand what they need to work on at home.
- Involvement on the school board or with extra-curricular activities: It’s also a great idea to be involved with your child’s school outside of the classroom. Parent associations, volunteering for events, or simply going to support your child in their plays, concerts, or sporting events will make a huge difference.
- Support at home: Great parent-teacher communication allows you to understand where your child’s strengths are and what they need to do extra work on. Having a great support system at home is essential to ensure that your child excels at school.
The benefits of parent involvement
Studies have shown that there are a whole host of benefits that point out the importance of parent involvement in their child’s educational development. Here are just some of these benefits:
- Tend to achieve better test scores, grades and other academic achievements
- Tend to always finish homework
- Kids generally have higher self-confidence, are more motivated for school and enjoy class more
- Improved behavior and less disciplinary actions
- Less likely to drop out of school
- Children from diverse cultural backgrounds will be more likely to fit in seamlessly and not feel left out
As you can see, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t get involved in your child’s education. It won’t just improve their academic levels, but is also likely to improve your relationship – and don’t you remember how much you loved your folks coming to watch you perform or play sport?
Miniland Family strives to create educational toys for learning through fun, as well as resources that provide assistance to both parents and teachers to help them get the best education for their children and students.