Parent Involvement in Schools: Whats That Look Like?
Have you completed the Open House school tour? Depending on how many children you have it may have been a long week of school hopping to hear anywhere from one to six teachers explain projects, policies on late work and how to turn assignments in online. Just a few weeks ago I spent two hours, 6-8, in an Open House night for one child! After a full day of work and whipping up dinner let me tell you, I was running on fumes by 7:45. 87% of parents attend school or parent teacher meetings. Most parents also are involved in their child’s school by:
- Participating in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
- Chaperone class trips
- Volunteer as classroom parent
- Provide extra school work
- Reading to kids from an early age
- Adults also reading at home
- Discussing political or social issues, books, films or television programs
- Eating and talking with children around the table
- Make a commitment to read to the little ones at least three times a week.
- Got older kids? Shut off all electronics at least thirty minutes before bedtime and have them read to you or read together.
- Many mamas may do all the bedtime reading. But encourage dad to take turns with you.
Don’t feel bad if you fall short a few days. The weekends are a total mess for us. But we pick it back up on Mondays.
Does a busy work week make home-based parental involvement a challenge in your household?