The thought of sending my daughter to kindergarten was terrifying. I couldn’t believe that she was going to be away from me 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. How could anyone else care for my child as well as I could? Then add in that the school had instated a new curriculum that is more demanding and a lot less childhood friendly than anything they’ve used before. Was the school going to destroy the lively vivacious energetic imaginative carefree child I sent to them?
As you can see I had many fears. I still struggle with a few of them but I found a great way to lessen my worries. GET INVOLVED! Find a way to volunteer in your child’s school and in their classroom. Become a classroom mom going into the school on the same day and time every week to assist your child’s teacher with whatever they may need. I have been doing this in my daughter’s class since the second week of school doing everything from cutting and stapling learning packets to reading with the children and teaching them how to log into a computer.
Every school in the United States has a PTA (parent teacher association). I am sure there are other groups like this throughout the world. This group is there to support the students and teachers by providing fun clubs, extra curricular activities and supplies. You can become a member of this organization and really dig into the depths of helping the school. They are always in need of volunteers to help run clubs and other fun functions.
Getting involved and helping within your child’s school will do more than ease your mind about what your child is doing and who they are with all day. “Becoming involved in your child's school life is a powerful way to encourage educational success. When parents are involved in their child's school life, the children have higher attendance rates, better grades, higher standardized test scores and fewer behavior problems at school, according to the Michigan Department of Education.” (Ipatenco, 2014)
The truth is, the more positive interactions you have with people in your school, the more likely they will be to go above and beyond for your child. I hate to think that people play favorites but they do. I don’t know about you but I want my kid to be on the “favorite” list.
Ipatenco, S. (2014). Global Post Americas World News Site. Retrieved January 24, 2014, from http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/benefits-parental-involvement-childs-development-1289.html
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