Your child’s education is one of the most important things you’re entrusted with as a parent. So, it’s no surprise that parents want to do as much as they can to help them along.
But what’s the best way to use your time, and your energy, in helping your kids at school?
There are so many things that parents can do to help out their kids during their school years, but we honestly believe that one of the best things is to have a good, supportive relationship with your child’s school. Now, this is easier said than done. Living busy lives in a modern world, it can be hard to maintain. But, these relationships are absolutely necessary if your little one is going to succeed.
So, we thought we’d give you a few tips and ideas about how you can get more involved with the great work that your school is undertaking, both for your child and the kids in your community. Here are some easy ways that you, as a parent, can support your school.
Be Teacher Friendly
How easy is it as a parent to blame the teacher for the issues your kids are having at school? Unfortunately, it’s much too easy. One thing that parents are just going to have to come to grips with is that any issues with your child at school could have any number of sources. It is most likely that your teachers care very much about your child’s success and well-being, but with the care of a number of children at the forefront of their minds, it can be hard to spot all the little details. Be open in communicating any issues you have, or your child is having, and work together with your teacher to solve them.
Volunteer Your Time
One of the best ways that parents can get involved in their child’s school and offer support is to volunteer. Schools often need extra pairs of hands when it comes to school fetes and fairs, sports days, or even for longer commitments like excursions and even school camps. If you have some time to spare, offering your time is a great way to support your school. You’ll be able to be involved in your child’s at school experiences, and the staff will thank you for it!
Represent Your Interest
If you don’t have the time to spare volunteering, you can still support your school by making a conscious effort to show up. This means coming to assemblies, school performances, sports days, carnivals and other school events. Even if you are only able to stay a short while, these informal events are a great way to show the staff, and your child, that you’re invested in their school experience, and eager to be involved.
Attend Parent-Teacher Nights
The event that parents should always make the time to attend is your child’s parent-teacher nights. It can be a challenge to fit these in, especially if you’re working or have other children not yet in school. But these events are so important, as they allow parents and teachers to actively workshop issues a child is having in school, and discuss what extra supports might be offered. Also, by showing up at the event, you’re making it clear to the teacher that you’re interested in your child’s progress, and ready to support them.
Do A Weekly Shop At Woolworths
Not all parents have the time, the energy, or the ability to offer any of the above to their child’s school. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t offer anything. If you’re a busy parent you can actually help support your kids at school just by doing your weekly shop at Woolworths. How? Thanks to the Earn & Learn program that Woolies are currently running, parents can help their kids (and the school) by collecting Earn & Learn stickers with every shop. You can collect 1 sticker for every $10 you spend at Woolies, and by filling up an Earn & Learn sticker sheet and handing it into the school, a simple weekly shop can make a difference. In 2013, when Earn & Learn last ran, around 14,500 schools collected more than 400,000 educational resources and equipment. That’s a massive difference! If you’re looking for a simple way to support your child’s school that already fits into your schedule, this is it.
So, whether you’re a hands-on parent with time to spare for volunteering, or someone who appreciates the simplicity of getting involved in Woolworths’ Earn & Learn program, there are so many ways to support your kids. The time your kids spend at school makes a big difference, and your involvement and attitude to their school also has an impact on this. Every step you take to help the school, you’re also helping to support your child in their education now, and in their lives in the future.
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