What are some ways I, as a parent, can get involved when my child starts Kindergarten?
The good news is that you can get involved in your child’s education in various ways regardless of your schedule. Lately more and more research has been presented that correlates parental involvement and student achievement. Teachers understand that due to work commitments, younger siblings and/or basic day-to-day activities, parents cannot always come and volunteer during the day. However, the easiest way to be involved in your child’s education is to talk to them about their day. So how can you get around that all too common, “Nothing,” response to the, “What did you do at school today?” question? The easiest way is to read everything that comes home in your child’s folder and any other communication that comes from the school and your child’s teacher. Not only does this make you more aware of what’s going on at school and in the classroom but it’s also a great conversation starter if your child isn’t always talkative about their day. Classroom folders typically go home every day. Most schools will also send an additional school folder filled with school-wide announcements home once a week. Be sure to ask your child’s teacher if they have a classroom website. This, along with email, is becoming an increasingly more frequent form of communication between teacher and parent.
If you do have more time to give, volunteering in the classroom or through the PTA is an option you might consider. However, don’t worry if you can’t make it up to school during the day. If you have time in the evenings, ask your child’s teacher about home projects. Most teachers would be thrilled to give you laminated items to trim or have you prep other activities for the classroom.
Above all else just show your child that you are interested in what she’s learning. Talk about her day with her and as always, READ with her. If you do those two things she’ll know you value her and her education.