Not Sure What To Do Now That Your Child Has Started School? 3 Reasons Why It's A Good Idea To Volunteer In Their Classroom
Now that your child is in school, you might be thinking that your work is done. While teachers may be educating your child during the day, they still need your input and support. One way to do that is by volunteering in their school. You don't need to dedicate a lot of time to the program either. In fact, most teachers will appreciate an hour or two a week. That hour or two you spend in your child's classroom each week will have a lasting impression on them. Here are just three of the reasons why volunteering in your child's school will benefit them, and you.
You Get Firsthand Experience
When it comes to your child's education, you need to provide input. Unfortunately, you can't do that if you're not aware of what's going on at the school. While attending assemblies and other activities will give you a brief glimpse into the school environment, it won't allow you to grasp the bigger picture. That's where volunteering comes in handy. By spending a few hours a week in your child's classroom, you'll get firsthand experience that will allow you to formulate opinions and provide input into your child's education. Not only that, but it will help you develop a meaningful and constructive relationship with your child's teacher.
You Become Part of the Village
You've probably heard the statement, "It takes a village to raise a child." When it comes to education, that statement is very true. Most classrooms in public schools contain about 30 students. That makes it difficult for the teacher to spend quality one-on-one time with any of the children. However, when you volunteer in your child's classroom, you're giving the teacher the opportunity to focus on that one-on-one time. While the teacher is focusing on individualized attention with the students, you can be working with groups throughout the room. As a parent volunteer, you become part of the village that's raising a classroom of children.
Your Child Will Appreciate It
You might not know it, and they might not show it, but your child will appreciate the time you spend volunteering in their classroom. They'll appreciate the fact that you're taking an interest in what they're doing throughout the day and that you want to help. It will show you're child that you take their education seriously, which means they'll take it seriously too.
Now that your child is in school, become an active participant in their education. Talk to your school administrator about becoming a classroom volunteer.