7 Ways To Get More Involved In Your Child’s Education

Ensuring your children get a quality education is one of the most important jobs a parent(s) can undertake. Childhood education lays the foundation for acquiring knowledge and skills that children will use throughout their lifetime and in many different fields of study and expertise. Often times, however, education is left only in the classroom and not made a priority at home or during free time on the weekends. Yet being involved in your child’s education not only improves their willingness and ability to learn, it also strengthens the relationship between children and their parents and reinforces good values like dedication, organization, discipline, and a strong work ethic.

So if you feel you are completely unaware of what’s going on with your student’s education, or your goal is to simply be more involved, here are seven ways you can get started today.

1. Get involved in afterschool activities.

Getting involved in the activities going on at your child’s school is a great way to encourage learning. Joining the school’s PTA or attending parent meetings for your child’s extra curricular activities helps you stay on top of what is going on in your student’s life outside of home and makes you more able to affect change in their school or educational process. Seeing you involved in school functions also encourages your student(s) to take more pride in learning and take a deeper interest in school life.

2. Encourage friendships.

Encouraging your child to make friends with their classmates outside the classroom is a great way to encourage learning inside the classroom. Having friends or “teammates” in school helps children to feel more relaxed and open to learning new things. It also helps to improve social skills and develop problem-solving skills that your child will use well into their career and personal life. Having friends in class also helps children learn to work together as a team in order to achieve a common goal.

3. Read to your children.

Demonstrating to your child that you have an interest in reading, or emphasizing the importance of reading, helps your child to develop a genuine interest in reading and learning. Many adults tend to shy away from reading anything more than what is required of them at work or for some other function because we often forget the value of habitual reading and its benefits on our health, including improved brain function and, of course, the massive wealth of knowledge that is available to us in books, journals, and research reports. Showing your student(s) that you have an interest in reading will help stem their own personal interest in reading and help them become better students. Asking them questions about the material as you go along is also a great way to help them develop active reading skills and start to retain information that will be applicable to what they hear or read

4. Participate in educational activities with your kids.

Take the opportunity to use family time for some educational purpose. Reading a book with your child is always a great way to stimulate learning, but there are other ways to encourage learning as well. You and some other parents, for example, could take your kids to a museum, aquarium, or even a Renaissance fair and talk to them about what they see. You could also watch an educational movie, participate in Career Day, serve as a chaperone on field trips, or even hold your own home-ec class and teach your kids how to follow a recipe and measure out ingredients for cooking. No matter what kind of activity you find yourself doing, there is always something that can be learned from it.

5. Teach your child good habits.

Take a minute to observe your child’s behaviors and think about how they would affect their day at school. For example, if you notice that your child tends to leave the room without cleaning up after him/herself, assume that they will do the same in school and work towards breaking them of that habit. Occasionally you will have to be a disciplinarian, but you can also teach them by setting an example. Forcing yourself to be punctual, for example, in showing up for an appointment on time or completing a project for work by the deadline will instill your student(s) with a sense of personal discipline and make them more open to learning new things.

6. Stay in touch with the teachers.

Staying in touch with your child’s teacher is a great way to keep informed about how your child is progressing and in what areas they need help in developing. Participating in open houses and letting your child show you what they have been doing in school also encourages them to work hard and take pride in their education. You should also make an effort to attend parent-teacher conferences in order to work with the classroom teacher on ways to improve the quality of your child’s education and help them in areas they seem to struggle with. 

7. Be a living example of furthering education.

Children tend to take an interest in activities their parents show interest in. Take some time out of your schedule to take a night class in a subject that interest you, and discuss what you have learned with your kids. This will demonstrate to your student(s) that learning is an ongoing process that will last well into their adult lives and careers. You can also talk with your student(s) about things you learned at work to show them that learning doesn’t only happen in school.