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Parent Involvement

Children follow your example, not your advice.
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry they are always watching you.” — Robert Fulghum
Parent Involvement
Parents are the child’s first and most important teachers. Each child arrives at school with different interests and abilities. Working together, we can create a learning environment that is both supportive and challenging for every learner. You need to become involved in your child’s education both inside and outside of school.
  • accept and recognize their efforts
  • provide opportunities for them to participate in new and different activities
  • engage in activities that explore your child’s interests (e.g. learning about nature, sports, etc.)
  • encourage them to accept responsibility ( e.g. clean up room/toys)
  • encourage your child to share and take turns
  • encourage your child to listen without interrupting when someone is talking, saying “please” and “thank you”, show respect for others
  • provide opportunities to play with others, and even spend time away from home with friends in order to develop independence
  • provide other opportunities to develop independence
  • spend time with your child talking, playing games, puzzles, reading, etc.
  • monitor the amount and type of TV and computer viewing, video games, computer games
  • talk to your child about their day, encouraging them to share their “new” experiences (good or bad) with you
  • read to your child, daily if possible, and encourage them to discuss the story, poem or rhyme – the importance of this activity cannot be stressed enough
  • provide up-to-date contact numbers for the school and teacher
  • talk positively about school experiences
  • become familiar with your child’s classroom timetable (library, gym times, etc.)
  • make sure they attend school regularly and on time
  • read classroom and school newsletters for upcoming events and updates on activities
  • attend parent-teacher conferences
  • volunteer for classroom support
  • stay in contact with your child’s teachers, especially if you have a question or concern – often an informal chat or phone call will alleviate worries before they escalate into problems.
  • attend school PAC meetings
Thanks for your support of your children’s education and the school!