Parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial. When parents get involved in their children’s education, children are more likely to do better in preschool, be better behaved, have more positive attitudes toward preschool, and grow up to be more successful in life. That’s why preschools try to have maximum parental involvement in their programs and also organise parent workshops.
The parent teacher meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the preschool experience for your children, as well as the chance to voice your hopes and concerns for your child and for the preschool. Help organize parent-teacher meetings around your interests and those of other parents. If you are unable to attend these meetings, ask that the minutes of the meetings be sent to you. Or, find out if the preschool makes these minutes available on its Web site.
It’s easy to think that just being involved with your child’s preschool alone makes you involved in their education, but this isn’t always the case. Just as you expect your child to do, you should remain focused on broadening your own knowledge. By doing things as simple as looking up current events that can supplement what’s happening in preschool and researching different learning styles that may help your child retain information, you become an advocate for your child. When you’re familiar with the educational process and activities of your child (as well as the social and learning problems, they may face), you’re able to help guide their learning in a more productive way.
It seems like a lot of effort, but it is really beneficial for your children, here’s how:
Benefits for the Children
- Children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents’ education level.
- Children generally achieve better grades, test scores, and attendance.
- Children consistently complete their homework.
- Children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.
- Children’s positive attitude about preschool often results in improved behaviour in school and less suspension for disciplinary reasons.
- Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when parents and professionals work together to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture in school.
Workshops are very necessary in preschools, take for example our parent reading workshop.
Workshops provide support through the teaching of Paired and Shared Reading methodology, as well as through the provision of advice and demonstrations of how to engage with a child through books. We believe that ‘story time’ and reading together allows families to share ‘golden moments’. Just four to 10 minutes a day of Paired Reading or Shared Reading, a literacy game, simple storytelling or just listening attentively and asking incisive questions, provides opportunity for conversation, creates bonds and deepens the understanding between parent and child. We aim to inspire parents to set up reading clubs and help them to think of ways to get more books into the home, for example, information on how to access libraries.
Through our workshops, we also provide parents with important information about the role of school governing bodies, what parents should expect/demand with regards to reading resources at schools and how to use the different resources available. The difference between a reader and a storybook is explained, as well as the importance of readers coming home with their children every day.