The role of parents in kids education
Early childhood education: What is your role as a parent in your child’s education?
One day my mother told me that my grandmother gathered all six of her children around her every night as she monitored them in schools and at home while completing their homework. She directed the older siblings to help their younger siblings as she sat back calmly repairing clothes or preparing food; now and then she glanced over their work to give her approval.
It was to my surprise to hear that my grandmother was illiterate! But my mother didn’t realize that until she was in middle school. My grandmother wanted her kids to love and value education, and those kids taught us how to have the same values that their parents taught them.
Parents should be in their children’s childhood education more than anyone else
As new families arrive in the US, some parents tend to give away their role in their kids’ education to the teachers. They give their role to the before and after school program employees, and to summer camp staff. These are essential new resources, but your role is undoubtedly crucial and here is why:
Improved Academic Performance
Showing your children that you care about their education can result in them earning better grades and perform better in school. Your kids will want to make you proud and will try harder to do better in school.
Your kids have no better teacher than you. As you model the appropriate behaviors for them, they are less likely to fall under peer pressure and misbehave at school. I worked at schools, and I witnessed how kids try to fit in at any cost.
Better Understanding of Your Child’s Daily Activities:
This is an essential opportunity for you to learn about your community by being involved with your kids’ teachers and school staff. Likewise, your close involvement can help you to intervene when your children are struggling or need further support.
Undoubtedly, adjusting to a new country, a new environment, new school, new language, and a new culture is challenging to adults let alone children. Thus, early involvement can result in a better and calmer transition at home and school for your children.
Preserving Cultural Values
: Cultural values are often taught through observation. In a new culture, children can be under the wrong influence from their peers. Without parents close interactions a lot of those cultural values can dissolve away and get replaced by new habits.
Better Schooling for your children
Culture, faith, and daily habits can differ significantly from one culture to another, and only meaningful interactions can lead to an understanding of one’s culture. The more you interact with the staff at your child’s school the more they get to know you and your culture and what things will make your child feel more welcomed at school.
In conclusion, the benefit of engaging your children by being a part of their education is not only a benefit to them but to you as well. Early childhood education is very important for kids. Your involvement will help you expand your knowledge about your new community and boost your confidence as you acquire more interactions.
Parents might have reasons that will prevent them from being involved in their kids’ childhood education. Some of the reasons include limited language, busy schedules, or not having many years of education themselves. But if my illiterate grandmother can do it then so can you!
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