At the beginning of every school year you’re going to be getting lots of paperwork asking if you can volunteer. The information here is to show how to be more involved with your child’s school.
How often do you visit your child’s school? Do you know the principal or vice principal’s name? How often do you speak with your child’s teacher? Do you know where the lunch room and auditorium are located? If the extent of your involvement includes putting your child on the bus and picking them up in the evening, it’s time to get a little more involved with your child’s education.
How to Be More Involved with Your Child’s School
There are many reasons to get involved with your child’s school. For starters, you know firsthand what’s going on in the school. You see the struggles the teachers and staff face and have an opportunity to enjoy the rewards that go along with being a part of your child’s education.
Getting involved helps to understand your child’s world away from home, which can help improve communication and your relationship with your child. It’s also beneficial for the school. It makes their job a lot easier when parents help out.
Here are a few great ways to make a difference:
- Show up and support the school’s events. Go to the sporting events, fundraisers and find time for parent-teacher meetings. You’ll soon become a familiar face among the school staff, teachers and other parents who offer their support.
- Join the PTA/PTO. It’s one of the best ways to voice your opinions and help improve your child’s school. Becoming a member gives you the right to run for an office position such as secretary, treasurer, vice president or even the president of the PTA. There are many opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, or on school field trips.
- Volunteer your time. You don’t have to be in PTO/PTA to volunteer. There’s always something you can help with such as chaperoning field trips, school dances, science fairs and other special events. Other options include tutoring students, reading to kids, being a teacher’s helper and assisting coaches with sporting events.
- Offer your special skills. Do you love baking cakes, cookies, and pies? Volunteer to make these foods for fundraisers and special events. Do you enjoy sewing? Help make costumes for plays and musicals. There are many ways that you can put your special skills to good use.
If you came here first and your child is starting Kindergarten, it’s a good idea to read this – Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten – A Checklist You Can Use.