Working With Your School

Get involved to show your child you value school

If you’re actively involved in your child’s school, he’ll probably do better. According to recent research, your child will be a better reader—and less likely to be held back.
Volunteering in the classroom is a great way to get involved. Your child’s teacher will appreciate the help. And if you want to spend more time with your child, here’s your chance.
In addition, your child will see how highly you value education. That will motivate him to value it, too.
Here are some tips:
  • Talk with your child. Make sure he’s comfortable with the idea of your spending time in his classroom.
  • Contact your child’s teacher. Ask her about the class schedule and any special events she has planned.
  • Tell the teacher about your interests. Note areas in which you’re knowledgeable, and any special abilities you may have. Figure out with her how you can best help.
  • Check in with the parent-teacher organization. It can suggest volunteer activities for the school that would benefit your child’s class.
  • Contact other parents in your child’s class. See if they’re willing to help out with larger projects.
Reprinted with permission from the March 2007 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2007 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: “How To Volunteer at Your Child’s School,” Ehow.com, www.ehow.com/how_18313_volunteer-childs-school.html.