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from: 84 – Parental Involvement Child Education
There are many ways for parents to become actively involved in their children’s lives. Perhaps one of the most beneficial is to take an interest in the child’s education.
Studies show that with increasing active parental involvement, child education improves - the greater the child is likely to succeed. It is also believed that the earlier a parent becomes involved in their child's education, the greater the effects will be.
Increased interest and participation in school attendance and activities, higher grades and the pursuit of higher education are just some of the benefits of parental involvement. Child education, is, however, what the parent wants it to be. The level of the parent’s involvement is crucial in determining the future success of the child.
Parental involvement in a child’s education can start at home. Parents can actively help their children improve their grades and increase their productivity by encouraging their child to do homework regularly. Parents can read to their children starting at a young age and engage in educational conversation.
Arranging space and time for study is another form of parental involvement. Child education is also increased when parents monitor their child’s progress or tutor their child in the subjects he or she finds difficult.
Furthermore, parents can, and should, become involved in their child’s education in the classroom or school setting. Parents should attend parent-teacher conferences, and other school events, or join the Parent Teacher Association.
Supervising field trips and after hours tutoring are also ways to get involved in your child’s school and increase parental involvement. Child education benefits from active parents in school settings. Children thrive when they see their parents incorporate their life at school into the home life.
Enrolling a child on a team sport can also boost a child’s education. Though this may be a big commitment on the parent’s part, it is worth it. Through sports, children will learn the value of a team and the importance of physical activity with parental involvement.
Child education embraces creativity and parents may also want to look into enrolling their child in a community craft group or art or music class. Through arts and craft groups, children will learn to foster and embrace their creativity. Not only will children learn valuable social skills, they will benefit from a more rounded education.
Group sports and clubs are shown to increase self esteem in children. Studies have shown that children who engage in music and arts have increased concentration and learn at an advanced level as compared to children who do not participate in music and the arts.
Parents are responsible for ensuring their children receive the quality education they deserve. Becoming involved in your child’s education will not only benefit them, but will teach them the value of education – a lesson they will incorporate into the rest of their lives.
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