Connecting ‘Home and School’ Makes us a Great Community of Learners

By: Admin 05 December, 2017
Together May We Give Our Children the Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly
A combination of commitment and active participation on a parent’s part to the school and to the student is what we call as ‘Parental Involvement & Handling’. 
Parents are the most important partner in a child’s education and schools can reap large dividends by capitalizing on their support. Parental Involvement is a visible investment by parents which ascribe value to the education experience. 
  • 86% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve the school.
 
Through this article, we will bring out some substantial benefits to children, parents, educators and the school, if parental involvement activities are effectively planned and well implemented. 
 
 
And before we talk about the benefits, we would like to highlight 2 valued key points for the parents, with which they can improve their involvement in their child’s education.
 
  1. Creating a home environment that encourages more and effective learning.
 
HOW-
  • By helping children with their homework and school projects.

[Parents, who read to their children, have books available, and provide stimulating experiences contribute to student achievement.] 

  • By providing learning resources (Books (sci-fi, mystery, self-help etc), Computer equipment, educational games (board games- scrabble, monopoly, chess) and encouraging children to use them.
  • By indulging in educational excursions  [visit to museums, libraries]
  • By encouraging them to participate in a range of activities at home like cooking, baking, cleaning or washing.

[Japanese students clean classrooms to learn Life Skills. We can teach our children to keep their rooms & surroundings clean, which will help them learn self-cleanliness and imbibe the value of discipline]

 



 

  1. Becoming more involved in their child’s education at school and in the community.
 
HOW-
  • By watching them take part in sport 

[Help your child choose a sport to suit his age, tastes, and physical ability. Participating in sports can boost self-esteem and improve social skills. Encourage your child’s interest in athletics to help ensure that the experience is a positive one.]

  • By attending school concerts or shows and social events [will boost your child’s confidence]
  • By interacting with teachers on a less formal basis

[sometimes, talking informally with teachers help in better understanding of the relationship between Teacher-Child & Parent-Child]

  • By meeting other parents and witnessing their children interacting with friends

[As we behave differently in different settings, children’s behavior among his peer group will differ a lot than the way he is at home, it is very important to understand their behavior outside home]

  • By witnessing their children interacting with teachers in a less formal setting
 
 
 
Let’s discuss the Benefits of Parental Involvement for the Children:
 
  1. Effective parental involvement helps the child to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, their socioeconomic status (S.E.S) and parent’s education level. 
  2. Children tend to achieve better grades, test scores, and attendance.
  3. They will consistently complete their homework and have better self-esteem, become more self-disciplined and show higher aspirations and motivation towards school.
  4. Children will have a positive attitude about school which results in improved behavior in school.
  5. More parental involvement will lessen the number of children attending special education and remedial classes.
 
 
How does Parental Involvement Benefits the Parents?
 
  1. When parents increase their interaction and discussion with children, they become more responsive and sensitive to their children’s social, emotional and intellectual developmental needs.
  2. It improves their decision-making skills and makes them more confident towards their children. 
  3. Parents gain more knowledge of child development and make more use of affection and positive reinforcement. 
  4. Parents would know better about the Teacher’s orientation towards their child and school curriculum. 
  5. Parent’s awareness of ‘what their children are learning’ is more likely to help their children in learning activities at home. 
  6. Parents improve their perceptions of the school and are more committed to the school.
  7. When parents are requested by the school to be a part of the decision-making team, they become more active regarding the policies that affect their children’s education.
 
 
Parental Involvement is Beneficial for the Educators as well:
 
  1. Teachers and principals are more likely to experience higher morale when they have a high percentage of involved parents in and out of schools.
  2. Parents are more respectful towards the teachers and principals.
  3. Parental Involvement leads to the consistency in improved communication and relations between teachers, parents and the administrators.
  4. It helps the teachers and principals to acquire a better understanding of the families’ cultures and diversity. They form a deeper respect for parent’s abilities and time.
 
 
 
Schools Benefits in great ways with parental involvement:
 
  1. Schools tend to establish better reputations in the community when they actively involve parents and the community. 
  2. The community provides a better support to the school.
  3. Schools that encourage and involve parents in their programs do better and have higher quality programs than programs that do not involve parents. 
 
 
Parental involvement, in almost any form, produces measurable gains in student achievement. The concept of parental involvement with the student and the school is a vital one and can produce great rewards for all concerned. The important person is the student. Anything that the parent can do to help the student improve is worth doing. 
"Emphasis should be on effective ways of helping children, families, and schools work together to provide students with the opportunity to put their best efforts forward".