Your child’s future depends on your efforts toward his academic feats. So, engage in his early education to help him perform better in his school and in life.
By Sugandh Jolly
As parents, your active involvement is necessary in every sphere of your child’s education - right from his birth to adulthood. However, some parents have the wrong notion that their role in their child’s education comes to an end once they place their toddler in a preschool programme. You should keep in mind that educating your child is a shared responsibility between you and his educators. When you support his learning at home, it creates a positive experience for him and helps him perform better in school. What’s more, it also helps him understand the importance of school and family in his life.
A study titled ‘Parental Involvement in the Classroom’ by Machen, Wilson, & Notar published in Journal of Instructional Psychology in 2005 revealed that enhancing the involvement of parents in the classroom goes a long way towards improving the quality of the schools in general, besides contributing to higher standards and providing opportunities for students. The study also stressed on creating parent-teacher collaboration strategies to eliminate all hindrances to parental involvement in early childhood education.
Parental engagement, at preschool level, helps extend learning beyond the classroom. In order to provide your child with outstanding learning experiences, you should be in full partnership with her teachers. Your involvement in the preschool years has multiple long-standing benefits for you, your child, as well as the preschool. Here are some of the benefits:
So, as responsible parents, it is your duty to get actively involved in your child’s early education.
Do not discourage your child from doing chores: Are you preventing your child from folding laundry or cleaning dishes after dinner? If yes, stop doing that now. If you do the task yourself, you may accomplish the task quickly and effortlessly; but, by doing so you will end up hurting him emotionally and destroying his confidence. You cannot raise an independent child if you do not encourage him to do things on his own.
In order to help children grow into well-rounded individuals, it is the duty of parents as well as educators to work together with distinctive insight and try to understand their talents as well as their weaknesses. For example, while educators will be familiar with the curriculum and culture of the school, parents will be accustomed to the child’s temperaments, habits, and home life.
You should keep in mind that there is a thin line between involvement and interference. For example, when you consider yourself as your child’s educator, you are more likely to engage yourself in her preschool by helping her with her homework, communicating her progress and creating a learning environment at home so that she can improve her behaviour and excel in academics. On the other hand, your involvement in her early learning becomes an interference when you start questioning each decision of her teacher, or ask for special attention for her, or keep complaining to the teacher regularly.
Interference can create trouble for teachers and hamper the relationship between you, your child and his teacher. Therefore, you should know where to draw the line. Instead of being hyper-vigilant and overprotective towards him, you should strive to keep a balance so that he can learn from real-world experiences at home and at school.
The author is the co-founder of two preschools in Delhi (ELV and Wonderland), and a learning platform called Launchpad.
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