The importance of parent involvement in education has been documented as benefitting students, parents, teachers and schools, whether the program is at the preschool, elementary, middle or high school level. Studies have shown that when parents participate in their children’s education, the result is an increase in student academic achievement and an improvement in the student’s overall attitude and school behavior. There is also improved attendance; fewer discipline problems, less bullying and higher aspirations have also been correlated to parent involvement. There is also a correlation with parent involvement and increased language achievement, sustained achievement gains, improved attitudes and interest in science among adolescents.
Parents should be involved in at least two school coordinated activities each semester. There should be a fun activity and a curriculum based activity per grade level. There should also be one school-wide program per school year. Here are 5 fun activities and 5 curriculum based activities in which parents can get involved. Read the activities below and get involved!
- Have a Cultural Dinner and Fashion Show. Parents can provide ethnic and cultural foods. Students, parents and teachers can dress in ethnic clothing. Students can sing songs, play music and display art and writings.
- Hold a School Carnival. Have fun games and activities for the entire family outside in the school yard or the gymnasium.
- Organize a Health Fair. Students can display reports, displays, pictures and research on diseases and health. Have tables hosted by the nurse and local hospitals and health centers.
- Hold an Art Exhibit. Display and show-off student art work.
- Grandparents Day. Invite grandparents to the school for brunch or lunch. Have student artwork and academic work on display. Allow the students to design and draw the placemats. Have students perform a skit, song and dance.
Curriculum based activities:
- Parent volunteer listeners. Have volunteer parents listen to students read one-on-one to them. The parents would listen, praise and encourage a joy in reading.
- Parent volunteer readers. Have volunteer parents read to students one-on-one, in small groups and to the entire class.
- Parent Training Academy. Train parents to work as volunteers in various ways throughout the school day. Provide clearances for parents and reward them with a certificate of completion.
- Parent volunteer tutors. Parents would tutor students in math, reading and other subjects during the school day.
- Honor Roll Assembly. Parents would organize an assembly to honor the accomplishments of students in art, science, math, reading, history, computers, sports, chess, attendance, music, good deeds and many other ways.