The relationship between a family and their teacher is a key component in your child’s early education. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher, their nurturer and of course the major caregiver in their lives. So to that end, we can all agree, that when considering the home/school connection, it is important to instill and develop the capacity to become a lifelong learner in our children.
Kelli DiDomenico of The Children’s Workshop shared the following tips to help you achieve this goal:
- Support Learning – “It starts at home “ it can’t be said enough and can’t be more true. If you as the parent/guardian feel that school is important so won’t your child. If you say one thing and really mean another, your child will pick up on your mixed emotions. Children at this age are like “little sponges” that will absorb both positive and negative attitudes from their surrounding adults…you the parents.
Try and put your own personal feelings about starting school and early education aside. Just because you may have had a bad experience doesn’t mean your child will experience the same fate. Start their education on a positive note and support their new endeavor.
- Get Involved – Don’t be afraid to get involved in your child’s education. You don’t want to be the one caught standing on the side lines of your child’s school career and feeling left out. Here are many avenues that families can get involved in:
- Volunteer in the classroom
- Support or assist with special events
- Join the Parent Committees
- Provide additional class supplies that support the teacher’s curriculum
- Share your talents, read a book or simply ask that teacher how you could support the classroom
- Partner with your child’s teacher – Touch base with your particular child’s teacher to see what this may look like to them.
- Support your child’s curriculum – take a moment to really understand what is happening in their classroom and follow-through with similar language and developmental best practices that are being taught in school and bring them into your home. Don’t forget that education starts from birth, so get involved right from the beginning. Share your expertise – Who knows your child best? You the parent, of course. So take the time to share your experiences at home with your child about their interests, fears, likes/dislikes and strengths and weaknesses. You offer the teacher a bird’s eye view into the daily life of your child, which can offer a wealth of knowledge to their teacher.
- Open Communication – We as adults, often forget that communication is a two-way street. So be open and utilize the expertise of your teacher’s experience to benefit you and your child. Take the team approach to your child’s learning. You’re not in it alone! It takes a village to raise a child is a telling statement.
Overall, the home/school connection opens the door to an infinite amount of possibilities for your child that you could not accomplish alone. So take advantage of the importance of the parent/teacher/child relationship because this relationship can provide your child with a unique and different perspective on education. Ultimately this combination of home and school will benefit everyone in the long run and shows a child that teamwork makes the dream work.