Ways to Get More Involved in your Child’s School

child's schoolNo matter how much spare time you have in your busy schedule, there are ways to get more involved with your child’s education. Getting to know your child’s teachers and school administrators can be beneficial on numerous levels. When your children see you at their school, it helps emphasize how important learning is to you and will make them more enthusiastic as a result.

In fact, multiple studies show that children whose parents participate in school events have better grades and test scores, with a more positive attitude towards school. It also helps keep you up to date on the latest school policies and special events. The following are a few basic ways to get involved.

Attend Open Houses

Most schools set up open houses or parent-teacher conference days which give you a chance to sit down and chat with your child’s educators and administrators. Although conferences may be held in the daytime when you could be at work, many open houses are designed to accommodate parents’ busy schedules. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make all of these, but try to introduce yourself and get on an email list to learn more about school events.

Help Plan Events

Find out who the school activity coordinator is, or talk to your child’s teacher about your desire to help plan events throughout the school year. These could range from school dances to bake sales.

Volunteer in the Classroom

You may not have the time to fully organize an event or take on continual responsibilities, but you can help decorate the classroom for the holidays, set up the classroom with kids labels on desks, or act as a chaperone on a class field trip. It’s best to ask your child’s teacher directly how you can help. Volunteers may be needed to help out with community projects or with the upkeep of the school grounds as well, which you can ask about in the school’s main office.

Share your Skills

Most classrooms welcome guest speakers. If you have a particular skill, hobby, or interesting job, you could come in to give the children a lecture or demonstration. Playing songs, leading craft projects, or helping teach technological skills are all useful ways to share your expertise with your child’s classroom.

Get to Know the Other Parents

While school is a great place for your child to branch out and meet new friends, it also presents an opportunity for parents. Joining the PTA or setting up a parents’ bulletin board is a good way to get to know some other parents in your community.

There are many ways to help out at your child’s school, which can be rewarding for the whole family. Whether you have the time to plan events year-round or only a spare hour to make school name tags, your efforts will not go unnoticed and will help your child feel more supported.

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Foundation Week

If there is one activity that RJ is awaiting every year in their school, it is the foundation week. It is a one whole week filled with activities for the entertainment and enjoyment of the whole school community, both grade school and high school. There are booths of toys and snacks and different rides as well. The one week festivity usually ends with family day wherein parents are obliged to participate in the whole day activities.

I cannot find the photos taken last year. I do not know if they were deleted from my files or what. The photos below were taken during their school’s foundation week two years ago.

face painting She had her face painted for P50…

little girl painting RJ painted a ceramic worth P65 (colors included).

Yes, we paid for everything RJ wanted to do and eat but it’s all worth it because the happiness it brought to her is just priceless.

little girl in red

Parents-Teacher Interactions

I attended the Parents-Teacher Interactions (PTI) last August 28 at RJ’s school. It is being held every year, usually a month or two after the opening of classes. Its purpose is camaraderie among parents and good relationship between the class teacher and the parents. I think all schools should have this.

It was a red-filled, fun-filled day! We were asked to wear red that added brightness to the room with lots of balloons. There were games both for parents and the kids, intermission number, and of course there were McDonald’s food for everyone.

Fun Filled Day

There was also a surprise number performed by the kids. The children sang “I Need You” by Leann Rimes, as a tribute to the parents. It was touching for me at least and I am glad that I was able to take this video. RJ is the one in blue mini-skirt.

Parents-Teacher Interactions can greatly enhance child’s education. Parents will get to know the teacher that will make it easier for the parents to communicate with the teacher about their child’s  progress and problems in school. Also, parent’s involvement in school activities inspire and motivate the children in their studies.

 

Field Trips

I haven’t missed any field trip when I was still studying. Those were wonderful and treasured experiences and I want my little girl to have the same experiences as mine. The truth is I am the one more excited every time RJ is going on a field trip. It is because I am excited on RJ’s reactions and not actually on the destinations. On RJ’s first field trip, we went to Quezon Museum, Gonuts Donuts, Science Expo and Manila Ocean Park.

First Field Trip 

On her second grade I asked her as early as July (3 months before the field trip) when their field trip will be and she asked, “Why are you more excited than me?” I told her that I am excited because she will get to see how things really are, how they work and all that stuff. On their second field trip, there was a cost-cutting because of typhoon Ondoy. Our place was one of those who were affected. We went to Quezon Museum (again), Storyland and La Mesa Eco Park.

Field Trip 2009

Field trips motivate and educate our kids. It help develops students’ personal and social skills and enrich their learning experiences while making them more aware of the world outside the walls of their school and home.

RJ enjoyed her hands-on experience from the outside world very much. See those smiles? Nothing beats experiencing things in actual situation.