Monday, August 10, 2015

5 Reasons to Get Involved in Your Child's PTA

If you’re the parent of a toddler through high school senior, you’re probably a buzz in the back-to school aisle. If you’re a teacher or administrator, you’re probably on your knees hoping for a wonderful year. The reasons for our excitement and concern vary, but the bottom line for success is in our unity.

As you fill your child’s bag, I encourage you to fill your mind with PTA consideration.   

Build a relationship with teachers and administration. Our children spend 40 hours of their week at school. It is a home away from home, and the people inside those walls are hugely influential on their hearts. When you get involved in the classroom and school activities, you better get to know the temperaments and creativity of the people touching their lives. {Plus you can piggy back on their ideas and become a better parent in the process :)}

Free up the teacher workload to better meet your child’s academic needs. Google teacher workload and you will find a compilation of articles highlighting shortages, stress, pay issues, government standards/testing pulling teaching style, and, sadly, people exiting the profession they once felt passionate about. The demands teachers face are enormous and every person only has so much time in a given day. If you want your child’s teacher to come enthusiastic and personally meet your child where he or she is at, you must cheer them on in speech and action. Even the simplest of activities, like stapling papers or making copies, gifts time back to the teacher to be with students and focus on academics.

Flexible way to volunteer. Unlike many volunteer possibilities, PTAs offer a variety of ways to champion education. From counting and submitting box tops in the privacy of your home to contributing food for staff at conferences to planning year- end or classroom parties to being hands on in the everyday learning, everyone from the stay-at-home to full-time working parent can participate in a way conducive to schedule. When all these pieces come together, the result is a flourishing school and knowing you helped make that possible will promote personal life satisfaction.

Get to know your child’s peers. In-school volunteering allows you get to know the classmates your children refer to in after school discussion. This helps direct conversations and encouragement at home.

Studies prove children with parents active in their education are more successful. And what parent doesn’t want that? I’m most struck that a synthesized finding of 51 studies determined students earn higher grades and test scores, attend school more regularly, and reach (as well as graduate) from higher-level programs and post-secondary education when their parent is involved despite income or background. Doing something for school translates to your child as care and that value makes education a more naturally desired pursuit in the life of your little one(s).

I love the people that fill my children’s schools. From the principal, to the teachers, to the support staff, they are gems. They give so much to better my girls’ futures. And I can’t wait give to them.

I hope you will consider the same.

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  1. We have a similar organization for my boys' daycare - every one of these reasons still applies, and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of it all! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Wow! What an awesome set up/opportunity for a daycare! Enjoy :)


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