How Much Involvement Should Parents Have with Their Children's Education?

07, Jun 2022

Parental involvement in education can have a big impact on student success. Parents can provide emotional support and practical help to both the student and the teacher. Like most things, however, there must be a balance between parents being involved and allowing children to learn how to navigate the learning process on their own. And, if your child is starting a new school, it can be difficult to gauge what is expected from parents. How much involvement should parents have with their children’s education?

Support the learning that is done at school

Your children will need emotional support and encouragement throughout their education. Start by creating an environment at home that supports the learning that is done at school. If your child goes to a Montessori school, for example, you can provide your child with opportunities for hands-on learning at home. Young students in Montessori school learn practical life activities. You can support the learning that is done at school by letting your child participate in similar activities at home. For example, allowing your child to help with food preparation, sweeping, dusting, or organizing are all ways to support the learning that is done at school.    

Create a predictable school morning and afternoon routine

The way your child starts and finishes the school day is in your hands. What happens immediately before and after school can have a significant impact on a child’s experience of school. Creating a predictable school morning and afternoon routine is a way for parents to be involved in their children’s education. You can set the tone for your child’s school day and help him or her get a strong start. A consistent routine each day will help your child know what to expect and minimize stress. This is an extremely important role for parents to play in education.

Provide practical help to your child and the teacher

There are times when your child and your child’s teacher will need some practical help from the parents. This may include things like sending supplies for a special project, volunteering at the school, and providing your child with opportunities for learning outside of class. Let your child’s teacher know that you are available to help when needed. It is also important to pay attention to the communication from the teacher. If the teacher or your child needs extra help, the teacher may communicate that through notes, emails, or a call. The exact level of practical help that is needed from parents will depend on the school, the teacher, and the child.

In the majority of schools, parental involvement is welcomed. There is no perfect level of involvement. Some schools ask for lots of help from parents while others only need occasional support. You can be involved daily in your child’s education by establishing a consistent morning routine and being available to your child when he or she needs extra help. You can learn more about parental involvement at Fountainhead Montessori School by setting up a time to tour campus, observe a class, and get your questions answered.

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