AMANDA HUVER: Being involved

To the editor:

I am a Ferris State student in the Early Childhood Education program. I would like to share the importance of parents’ involvement in a child’s education.

When a parent is involved with their child’s education, they are playing an active role in their child’s learning.

Being involved can mean a lot of different things, such as helping with after school activities, visiting the classroom for volunteer time, bringing in needed classroom materials, talking about your child’s/children’s progress in the classroom and much more.

Not only is being involved with the child’s/children’s classroom important, but also being involved with their learning everywhere. Everything from spelling, setting tables and even helping you prepare meals.

Everything you can do to help your child learn and grow inside and outside the classroom is vital to their growth. Just asking them about their day and allowing them to tell you what they did or sharing random stories and you asking questions about their stories helps them to not only expand their vocabulary, but to explore their imagination.

As a student in the early childhood education field, I have learned that not every parent has the time to be extremely involved, so that’s why the small and simple activities and any involvement can make such a huge difference in a child’s life.

Not only are there educational advantages for the child when the parents are involved, but there are other benefits, such as fewer behavioral problems and more.

Here are some websites to help you gain a better understanding of why it’s important to be involved: childtrends.org/?indicators=parental-involvement-in-schools, edweek.org/topics/parentinvolvement.

Amanda Huver
Ferris State University
Early Childhood Education Student

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