In my last blog, I discussed why it’s important for center owners, administrators, teachers and parents to come together as a community to help ensure the most positive experiences for children.
Today, I want to go a little deeper and discuss in more detail why it’s critical that you engage parents and have them share the responsibility of helping kids meet age-specific learning and developmental objectives.
First, it helps extend learning outside the classroom walls. Learning doesn’t and shouldn’t occur in a vacuum. Children are taking in the world around them every waking minute—whether in the classroom, at home or in all the places in between.
It’s important for parents to know what their children are learning in school so they can supplement these lessons with concrete examples outside your walls. For example, if you’re teaching numbers, shapes and colors, talk to parents at your center about reinforcing these topics during trips to the grocery store. By doing this, they’ll help strengthen classroom lessons in a real-world setting.
Second, parent engagement is often the number-one predictor of academic achievement. While some might argue that it’s based on social, economic or educational status, studies have shown the impact of other factors. What really matters is the time parents devote to encouraging learning outside the classroom and how much they involve themselves in the process.
If you get parents engaged, you’ll see a profound difference in your classroom—which means a more successful school.
You likely give parents regular updates on what you’re working on with their kids. Still, parents are bound to have more questions than there are hours in the day. And short of you being available 24/7, they can benefit from additional guidance and info.
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