Parent collaboration is essential for a well-rounded education for the child. Today’s parents want to be involved in every step of the child’s journey. Even for a child, parents’ collaboration with the school improves confidence and fosters better growth. To make this fact not feel as an intrusion rather than a contribution, you as an educator need to take essential steps. Involving parents with their busy schedules can be quite a task. So, here are three helpful tips to include parents in the daily activities of the child.
Stay in Touch With Both Parents When Possible
While one parent might be more accessible than the other, it is crucial to get both parents involved in the child’s educational journey. If you find yourself contacting a single parent for communication, you can take the following steps:
- Change your contact information request to accommodate all parents and guardians involved.
- Ensure that you leave a note to explain what you’re up to. But take care that you don’t push if there are any contentious custodial arrangements.
Make Use of Newsletters
Newsletters are not new. All brands and influencers use this internet tool to keep their customers informed about new developments. You can make use of this tool too. You can aim to create a weekly newsletter explaining all the activities that the children are taking up. Hitting one send button can help all the parents access without much effort. Here are some newsletter ideas:
- Include photos or videos of something that the students have worked upon. Even regular schoolwork is a good idea.
- Include a list of suggested questions to ask at the dinner table or in the car. Giving parents a way to talk about school with their kids that’s more specific than “What did you learn today?” will keep them informed and help strengthen home-school connections in a meaningful way that can also help strengthen the parent-child bond.
- Ensure that you don’t leave out families that do not have access to the internet. You can print out these newsletters for them.
Don’t Be Intrusive
You must avoid giving parents homework like signing off on a reading log, etc. But this might become intrusive for some families who have less time to spend together or for those who like to do things differently. Instead of being pushy, you can suggest activities such as below:
- You could offer a menu of ideas for literacy activities that lets families choose to write a poem together
- See a play or choose a library book for a whole-class read-aloud instead of the standard reading log.
These are some activities which are often undertaken by Indian High School – GIIS. Aim for a variety of activities that will allow families flexibility in the amount of time or money they invest and ask for suggestions and feedback to adjust throughout the year.
Involve parents in the children’s lives so that they learn the same lessons at home as the ones they learn at school. It will not only help you build a strong community of parents, children and educators but ease your workload too!