Reading to your child is an effective way to get involved in his education.

Does Parent Involvement Increase Student Achievement?

by Kristina Barroso

Getting involved in your child’s education is one surefire way to increase his chances of academic success. Your level of involvement will significantly influence your child’s performance throughout his entire academic career. Whether your child is a kindergartner or a high school senior, he benefits immensely from your willingness to actively participate in his education.

1. Student Outcomes

Parental involvement typically leads to positive student outcomes. Increased achievement results on assessments, reduced chances of dropping out, improved attendance, improved behavior and a higher grade point average are just a few examples of the benefits that your child might enjoy if you participate actively in his education. It is never too early to get involved in your child’s education. The more you work with your child on learning activities at home, the more likely he is to develop a love of learning and achievement.

2. Parenting

Whether you realize it or not, effective parental involvement in your child’s education starts at home with your parenting skills. Your child’s general well-being, along with his potential for academic success, depends on your willingness and ability to ensure that all of his basic needs are continually met. Since the home environment plays a major role in how your child views and the extent to which he values education, you can increase your child’s chances of academic achievement by establishing a home environment that supports lifelong learning. Educating yourself on child and adolescent development is another parenting technique that can benefit your child at every stage of learning.

3. Communicating

Ongoing communication is a critical component of effective parental involvement. Make it a habit to ask your child about how things are going for him at school. Attend parent-teacher conferences and take advantage of the parent resources offered at your child’s school to keep up with his academic progress or to educate yourself on other ways to get involved. Open lines of communication between you and your child’s school can lead to early interventions for any potential problems that may arise and also shows your child that his education is important to you.

4. Volunteering

Volunteering to help out at your child’s school is an effective way to get involved in his education because it allows you to get to know more about the programs offered by the school and shows him that you genuinely care about the school. Most schools have volunteer programs that provide opportunities for parents to assist in the classroom or other areas of interest that can benefit from parental involvement.

5. Home Learning

Supporting your child’s education at home is one of the most effective types of parental involvement. Reading to your child when he is just a baby can help set the stage for ongoing involvement in his educational endeavors. Continue reading to him frequently throughout his childhood and allow him to take turns reading to you once he is able. Encourage your child to complete his homework each day and help him with curriculum-related activities whenever possible. Teaching your child how to manage his time and set realistic goals can also benefit his studies in significant ways.

6. Decision Making

Another type of parental involvement revolves around decision-making processes at the school level. Joining the parent-teacher association at your child’s school or serving on one of the school’s committees can put you in a position to help make important decisions that will directly impact your child’s education.

7. Collaborating with Community

Most communities offer a variety of programs that can support your efforts to get involved in your child’s education. Check out community resources for information on educational activities or student summer programs that may be available in your area.

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