23 Jan 0

Reasons You Should Join the PTA at Your Child’s School

Taking an active role your child’s education can help their success as a student and help you to understand the school’s methods and strategies at the same time. One of the ways that you can do this is by joining a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). A PTA is a community group that works together to advance the education, environment, and quality of a school. If you’re interested in helping your child do well in their classes, here are a few reasons why you should join their school’s PTA program.

Advance Your Child’s Development

As one study conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education shows, children of involved parents tend to do better academically than those whose parents have no involvement. The study also indicates that these children can develop better behavioral skills and have fewer disciplinary issues, giving parents a huge incentive to join forces with a school to help promote their emotional growth.

Develop a Supportive Community

Schools depend on parents more than ever to organize events, raise money, and participate in activities. By helping a school run different programs that support teachers and administrators, you can create a caring and supportive school environment that’s beneficial to the entire community.

Joining a PTA is beneficial to the whole community.

Joining a PTA is beneficial to the whole community.

Stay Connected

Being part of a PTA will guarantee you privileged information on upcoming decisions, changes, and events that are taking place at your child’s school. You’ll be able to stay connected to the latest news and updates, and will be better prepared for any transitions that the school may go through.

Meet Other Parents

PTA meetings can give you the opportunity to meet other parents who have the same struggles or concerns as you. You’ll have the chance to talk with someone who knows how you feel, which can include homework duties, behavioral issues, or dealing with stress as a parent. It can feel good to vent and discuss education issues with other parents and is an excellent way to make friends as well.

Make a Difference

Volunteering with a PTA can allow you to put your individual skills to use, as they usually plan get-togethers, fundraisers, charity events, and parties that the whole family can enjoy together. These events will benefit the school and can play a significant role in the lives of your children.

Make a difference in the eyes of your child and in the lives of other children.

Make a difference in the eyes of your child and in the lives of other children.

Set a Good Example

As you get involved in the education of your children, they’ll begin to see that you care for them and want the best for their future. By staying active in their school, you can set a good example for your students and help them get more involved in their school as well. In time, they may want to further the education of other students, creating a ripple effect of change around the community and beyond.

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17 Jan 0

5 Ways to Get Parents Involved as Classroom Volunteers

Enlisting the help of parents in classroom settings can improve student achievement within our schools. In fact, students have been shown to exhibit fewer behavioral issues and perform better academically when other adults are included in classroom activities. And with an overall higher class morale and improved communication between parents and teachers, everyone wins when parents pitch in their share of involvement. If you’re interested in recruiting a few adults to volunteer in your class, here are five ways to get parents involved as classroom volunteers.

1. Be Direct

When different teachers have varying expectations about what’s expected in their classroom, things can get a bit confusing. Parents can be cautious or hesitant when it comes to volunteering, as they don’t want to step on anyone’s toes or cause any trouble. Instead of being vague about how great it would be to see parents in your classroom, give them specific details on what your expectations might be. It would also be wise to write a letter to parents about how many volunteers you’d like to have each week and the responsibilities you plan on giving them.

Write a letter to parents about specific classroom needs. Write a letter to parents about specific classroom needs.

2. Develop Relationships

Whenever the opportunity arises, try to develop relationships with your students’ parents. Whether it’s at drop-off, pick-up, or outside of school, be friendly and proactive when talking to parents. If anyone ever shares particular strengths that they have, such as artistic skills or math prowess, keep that in mind to use in your classroom and present the idea of volunteering when the time comes.

3. Provide Motivation

Some parents might be interested in helping out the entire classroom, while others might be motivated on a more personal level. For example, if you’ve shared with a student’s parents that their child needs to work on developing creative ideas in writing, perhaps one of them can volunteer during your writing period to help aid the whole class. The parents can watch you teach a lesson and then help your students (as well as their own child) put new skills into action.

4. Be Considerate

Volunteers won’t feel comfortable or respected in your classroom if they have to crouch down in a corner. To avoid this, be sure to set aside one or two desks and chairs to act as a volunteer station. Parents will then have a place to put down their things and feel more connected to the environment. Even though it’s a small detail, this sign of consideration can lead to a greater volunteer return rate.

Give volunteers their own space within your classroom. Give volunteers their own space within your classroom.

5. Show Gratitude

Since most parents have busy schedules with very little free time, they’ll appreciate being thanked each time they volunteer in your classroom. In fact, many parents will want to come back and help when they realize how welcomed and important they are. Have your students write or draw notes about how grateful they are to have each volunteer in the class and compile a book as part of a thank you gift.

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