The Importance of Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education
Home and School Connection
Parents who are involved in their child’s education create a connection between the home and school. Those who participate along with their child are privy to the many aspects of their child’s day. At home, they are able to replicate and extend activities that their child experiences in school. An astute parent will pick up where the school left off and have an intuitive sense for what their child may need to work on to increase his competency and confidence. Ideas gleaned from the classroom give the parent inspiration for home activities that coincide with classroom tasks. Involved parents learn the names of various children in their child’s class. They have a sense of who their child’s friends are, who may be causing them trouble and how their own child is getting along in the group.
Early childhood education is just the beginning of your child’s educational career. Involving yourself in a classroom setting allows you to get a peek into the world of young children. You may wonder why your child cannot draw shapes like Jennifer or speak as clearly as James. Taking the time to objectively determine where your child stands in his development is a key factor in getting to know and appreciate your child for who he is. Discover his strengths, interests and areas that need refining. If your child is struggling with certain aspects of his education, it is an ideal time to discuss concerns with your child’s teacher or doctor.
By Andrea Peck