Every year Parents Day is celebrated in the month of July. All parents have the important responsibility of providing for, protecting, nurturing, teaching, and loving their children. We would like to honor all mothers and fathers and celebrate the values that bind families from one generation to the next.
The bringing up of a child in a proper way is really a great responsibility. Parents take up numerous pains in moulding the child. They sacrifice their entire life for nurturing this relationship.
Parents are the child’s first teachers. Their role in a child’s life is irreplaceable. Their involvement at school is as important as their involvement at home. Parents have a wealth of skills and experiences that they can contribute to the school. Their participation will broaden and enrich the program offered to all the children.
A good relationship with parents will benefit the child, the parent and the teachers. Research has conclusively demonstrated the positive effect that parental involvement has on the education and progress of the child.
Parent Involvement in the Classroom – Parents can actively participate in typical school activities, field trips, sports day, class parties, birthdays or any other special activities such as annual functions etc. They can also be involved in home activities linked with the curriculum. For e.g. parent and the child making a family portrait.
Parent-Teacher Conferences – Regular parent teacher meetings need to be scheduled. This is an effective way to for the teacher to discuss the progress of the child. Progress reports, the child’s activity files need to be reviewed to see each child’s growth and development during the school year. The teachers and the family should work together as a team to make the preschool experience beneficial for the child.
Parent Seminars and Workshops – Regular parents seminars and workshops on issues in child development. This would help parents be in current with the latest updates in the field of child development resulting in them understanding their child better.
Parent Communication– Families can be sent weekly/monthly newsletters. These newsletters can contain important information about curriculum activities, upcoming events, field trips and important dates.
Parent involvement benefits the child and the parents themselves. It helps the children learn positive personal qualities, habits, beliefs, and values, as taught by family and also improves their skills in communicating with adults. For families, it fosters understanding of and confidence about parenting & child development. Moreover it helps them be aware of own and others’ challenges in parenting.