Make education a priority.
Research has shown that when families are involved in their children’s education they get better grades, are more likely to graduate from high school and then go on to college, and are better behaved in class. When parents can be involved at the school, they have the opportunity to understand their child’s daily activities and bring your experiences to the school as well.
Sit down every night with your children and work on their homework with them. Be engaged in their schools, know their teachers and volunteer if you can.
Adults can benefit from their own learning experiences as well. When we are learning something new, we are developing new skills, gaining new knowledge and improving our over-all health thanks to our brains developing new internal connections. Plus, it’s fun!
How to prioritize education:
Here are some easy ways parents can be involved in their child’s education:
- Read together.
- Use TV wisely. The more TV a child watches, the lower their academic achievement levels.
- Establish a daily routine that includes homework time.
- Talk to you child about their day and talk with them about what happened in class, both good and bad things.
- Set high expectations for your children and help them when you can.
- Keep in touch with the school. Find out how your school and its teachers share information with the parents and be an active part of that conversation.
Parents and adults can further their own knowledge through these avenues:
- Read, and read about people and places you hadn’t before.
- Learn a new craft or hobby.
- Take a class from a local school or university on a topic that interests you.