The school year has just started and the teachers and students are getting to know each other, and buckling down with academics. The most important job your child has is with their school. Education is one of the most important things for a young person and as a parent, you can encourage and support this in a variety of ways. Did you know that most teachers work an average of 50 – 60 hours a week! Their day does not end when they leave the school. Teachers work on projects, grade papers, spend hours learning new curriculum, the list goes on and on. How can you as a parent help teachers? One way you can do this is by becoming involved in your child’s school. A dear friend of mine bought me a coffee mug last year that says “Stop me before I volunteer again.” I love helping my child’s school. Volunteering does not cost you a thing! When you are involved, you are showing your child that their school and the work that their teachers do is important. When you care, your children will care more. You are the first step when it comes to giving your child the best education possible.
Here are a few ways of how to be more involved in your child’s school:
- Volunteer to help in the classroom. Most teachers send home forms at the beginning of the year to see if parents want to volunteer and in what capacity, but you can always ask your child’s teacher at any time how you can help.
- Volunteer to chaperone events or field trips. Chaperones are often needed for field trips and other events that deviate from the normal school routine.
- Become part of the PTA/HSA. Almost all schools have some sort of parent organization and this is a great way to get involved!
- ALWAYS read notes and sign letters/folders that come home from school promptly. It can be tough when you have a busy schedule already, but looking at their folders shows that it is important and also keeps you up to date.
- Talk to children about their day. Sometimes just simply talking about school is a good way to be more involved. Ask them how they liked their classes, what new things they learned, and what friends they made.
- Ask teachers if they are low on supplies (do this throughout the school year). Last year I was the “treasure box lady” my son’s teacher asked since I was so good with couponing if I would look for prizes for the treasure box. I scored some AMAZING deals at Target and on Amazon (I shared these deals with you as I found them), I filled up the treasure box with Lego Minifigures, Star Wars items, arts and craft kits, and more. Everything I bought and resupplied throughout the year only came to about $15!! There is probably enough left over for the next two years of students that come through his classroom. Savvy Shopping and helping teachers!
Now that you have these ideas for being more involved in your child’s school, you can plan accordingly and be supportive not only to your student but also the teachers. School is challenging for children in a variety of ways. You help when you take time to get involved. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2016 – 2017 school year!