Becoming Active in Your Child’s Education

Posted September 14, 2012 | By csponline

Get involved to prepare your child for long-term educational success

All parents want the best for their child’s future, starting with a strong educational foundation. What if you had the power to give your child a passion for education at an early age along with a stronger aptitude for learning?

Parents of young children have tremendous influence on their child’s educational future. Studies show that parental involvement paves the way for greater success in a child’s educational endeavors, including better grades and reduced behavioral issues both inside and outside the classroom. However, finding a way to play an active role in your child’s education has become more difficult for parents who are struggling to support their families during unfortunate economic times.

child educationThe reality of today’s home environment differs from that of the previous generation. More children grow up in single-parent households or in homes where both parents work full time, limiting parental interaction and involvement. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau found in 2009 that nearly three out of five households with children were dual-income, with both parents working to support the household. In 2010, data provided by KidsCount.org reported that 34 percent of children grow up in a single-parent household. These conditions may limit a parent’s availability and involvement in his or her child’s education; however, even small interactions may deliver a big impact.

Be Your Child’s Education Champion

Children’s future success depends on academic achievement as the country trends toward a knowledge-based economy supported by a highly skilled labor force. Children need a solid academic foundation to compete in the global marketplace.

You are your children’s best advocate to ensure they receive a quality education that will position them for future success. Parental involvement in children’s studies not only ensures that they complete homework assignments and go to school, but it also shows children that parents have high expectations for their academic performance and that their education takes priority.

Getting involved with your child’s education at any level can help position him or her for lifelong success.

  • Encourage learning at home: Establish a positive learning environment at home that facilitates continued learning and academic progress outside the classroom. If you have the space, create a study room in your home filled with educational resources, including a computer, textbooks and supplies. If you do not have the extra space, set aside time in the evenings to transform your kitchen table into a learning center. Enforce a “no TV, cell phone or computer” rule that keeps your child on track with his or her studies. Creating a routine helps establish positive study habits that will follow your child throughout his or her academic career.
  • Work with your child’s teachers: Your child’s teachers offer the gateway to a successful academic year for your child. Regular communication with teachers may alert you to any academic or behavioral issues your child experiences in the classroom. It also may serve as a resource to help support your child’s learning outside the classroom. Speak with your child’s teachers on a regular basis to obtain progress reports on your child’s development, and offer to volunteer in the classroom for a hands-on opportunity to work with your child and his or her peers in their environment.
  • Ask questions: Take the time to get to know your child as a developing student and individual. Ask him or her questions about school, homework assignments and class projects. Delve deeper and engage him or her with questions about interactions with peers and teachers. Find out if he or she struggles in a certain subject or has difficulty with peers. Getting actively involved in your child’s education helps build open communication and a positive parent-child relationship.

Your Child Will Reap the Benefits of an Involved Parent

Parents play a crucial role in their child’s educational success through close involvement. SchoolFamily.com identifies five benefits to becoming actively involved in your child’s education, including:

  • Higher grades and educational outcomes: Children achieve more academic success when their parents show an teach-your-childinterest in their studies. Studies show that children with active and involved parents earn higher grades and perform better on statewide tests. They are also more likely to graduate high school and continue their education afterward.
  • Better classroom behavior: Involvement in your child’s education influences his or her classroom and social behavior. Studies have shown that involved parents promote positive behavioral habits in the classroom, including better attendance, improved social skills and an increased likelihood for their child to complete his or her homework.
  • Improved educational standards: Parents who participate in their child’s education tend to demand higher educational standards from their child’s school and teachers. Additionally, with the support and involvement of parents, teachers feel more empowered to improve curriculum and educational standards, which benefits students tremendously.
  • Increased confidence: Children develop more positive attitudes about school and their education when they feel supported at home. These improved attitudes lead students to better academic performance, a clearer focus on education and a higher prioritization of academic endeavors.
  • Benefits for parents: Parents benefit from being involved in their child’s education, too. By connecting to their child’s school, classroom and teachers, they learn about their child’s educational development. Active parents also support their child’s overall academic goals and create valuable moments with their child.

Research continuously supports the notion that active parents create an easier educational road for the child. Parents help children focus and prioritize their academics while promoting a rich education.

Support your children and position them for a successful educational journey throughout their academic career.

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