Why and How to Get Involved in Your Child’s School
Want to know what’s going on at your child’s school? Getting involved with some of their everyday and special events is a great way to immerse yourself in your child’s school world. However, for kids with special needs, it can be a little disruptive to have you just show up and upset their schedule.
When you do get involved, and if you can do it on a regular basis, it shows your children that you care and that you won’t be fooled much for false reports by your child or the school staff.
There are actually quite a few ways to be involved, depending on your child’s school and class schedule.
Join the PTA
Most schools still carry on the tradition of establishing a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The purpose of the PTA is to hold regular meetings to determine which policies are working for the school and also to implement new programs and/or field trips.
The PTA also works to involve parents in as much of their children’s activities as they wish to be involved in. Teachers, principals and parents all work together to ensure that the children are receiving the best possible education and home life.
There can be mama drama here, but it’s also a fantastic way to meet other parents and help educate them about your child and his or her special needs.
Volunteer to Go on Field Trips
Volunteering to go on field trips is a great way to become involved in your children’s academic lives. Field trips are usually designed to teach children lessons in correspondence to their education. If you can arrange it, either by taking a day off of work or shelving other obligations, being there with your child to experience the field trip first-hand can be a rewarding experience.
If it is not possible for you to attend, try to arrange for another family member such as your spouse, aunts and uncles or grandparents to attend. This way your child will be able to share in the experience at the moment and this will be a great experience for you both.
When my girls were younger and went on lots of trips, my mother would attend when I couldn’t. Because my daughter didn’t talk much, Gramma was able to tell me about what they saw and did, which often jogged my daughter’s memory and helped her talk about it too.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Other than joining the PTA, you can establish a regular school presence by volunteering to come in and read to the class, if such policy allows. Otherwise, having a hands-on approach to holiday parties can be a great way to establish your presence as well.
If you are crafty, you can help design the decorations and invitations for children to bring home to share with their family members. You can even volunteer to come in and teach children a particular craft that will be easy for them to do outside of school. This may also interest other parents in becoming more involved as well, creating a win-win situation.
If being directly involved in your child’s room would upset them, you could volunteer to help out in another classroom that is not far off. This way, you get to know staff members and still get to be near by when your child has a rough day.
Being involved in your child’s education and school life can be a great way to help your child develop a life-long love of learning. By experiencing field trips first-hand with the children and getting involved in school matters, it opens the doors to possible future improvements in your child’s school system.
Schools tend to appreciate outside help, especially when the budgets may not allow for much legroom. So contact your child’s teacher and school today and see how you can get involved. Your child will thank you.
Do you or did you help in your child’s school? Was it a good experience?