Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Parental Involvement

Image: Parents Students Teachers Administration logo
Both students and schools benefit when parents are involved in education. Academic achievement and standardized test results are higher, students have a more positive attitude toward school and their behavior is better.

When do I begin parental involvement? On the first day of school, I invite the families into my classroom to share a brief overview of their child's first grade experience. I provide them with a handbook tailored to my classroom. Here are two highlighted ideas within its contents:

A Parental Involvement Poem Volunteers Needed!

Parental Involvement Magnet

The graphic and poem were placed on a business card with a magnet secured to the back. I encourage families to place this magnet on their refrigerators to remind them of the parent/teacher partnership that will be encouraged throughout the school year.

An apple for the teacher is really nothing new, Except when you remember Parents are teachers, too!

“Teachers are really the glue that holds the home/school partnership together.”
- Patrikakou & Weissberg

Miss Sterczek
Image: Hand Prints