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Family participation at school
Whether your child is just starting kindergarten or leaving the final year of primary school, there are many good reasons for parents to be part of school council. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents at school council, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).
Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach the end of primary school. Some parents may feel that the schools don't need them as much as their children get older so school council is a great way to remain involved in school affairs.
Benefits for the Parents
- Parents increase their interaction and discussion with their children and are more responsive and sensitive to their children's social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs.
- Parents are more confident in their parenting and decision-making skills.
- As parents gain more knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection and positive reinforcement and less punishment on their children.
- Parents have a better understanding of the teacher's job and school curriculum.
- When parents are aware of what their children are learning, they are more likely to help when they are requested by teachers to become more involved in their children's learning activities at home.
- Parents' perceptions of the school are improved and there are stronger ties and commitment to the school.
- Parents are more aware of, and become more active regarding, policies that affect their children's education when parents are requested by school to be part of the decision-making team.