Family Involvement

What is Parent/Family Involvement?

What is Parent/Family Involvement?

Parental/Family involvement and engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

(C) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

The most valuable way parents can be involved in their child’s education is to provide a rich learning environment in their home. Discuss school activities with their child and monitor and supervise his/her out of school activities. Research shows that the most effective form of family involvement are those where parents actively work directly with their children in the home on learning activities, such as reading, homework, or tutoring using materials and instructions provided by teachers. The earlier a parent becomes involved the more powerful the effect on student achievement.

Furthermore, research proves that family involvement is extremely important in Middle and High School. It can range from monitoring your child's homework to researching higher education and career planning. Studies show that parent involvement in the secondary schools provide a positive improved student academic achievement, including higher grade point averages and scores on standardized tests, more classes passed, higher enrollment in more challenging academic classes, better attendance, and improved behavior at home.

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Elementary Schools: 20 Ways You Can Be Involved in Your Child's Learning

The first three are most strongly correlated to high levels of classroom competency and lower levels of behavior problems in children.

  1. Read out loud to your child.

  2. Set aside homework space.

  3. Discuss the school day and the homework daily.

  4. Communicate with the teacher and school early in the year. Let the teacher know you are there to support your child's learning.

  5. Read all communications sent home.

  6. Send notes or call the school to communicate with teachers and other school staff.

  7. Discuss school activities with your child.

  8. Monitor and supervise the child's out of school activities.

  9. Make your home a rich environment for learning by having dinner conversations, trips, games, reading time, family sports, appropriate supervision, home organization, and daily routines.

  10. Don’t turn kids off by teaching math, rather provide experiences for playing and living math.

  11. Play homework games.

  12. Create a safe structured place for your child to read and study every night and develop a consistent daily routine.

  13. Establish a bedtime and a morning schedule.

  14. Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

  15. Break down big homework projects into smaller, more manageable steps.

  16. Make family trips to the library, zoo, museum, or park a fun learning experience.

  17. Assist with homework but avoid doing it for your child.

  18. Attend school meetings.

  19. Talk about the importance of learning. Parents need to set high expectations for achievement.

  20. Talk about college and careers

Secondary Family Involvement

Studies have shown that students with involved parents:

  1. Earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs

  2. Pass their classes, earn credits, and are promoted

  3. Attend school regularly

  4. Graduate and go on to post-secondary education

How can you be involved in the Middle School?

1.Set goals to help your child take responsibility

  • Be realistic

  • Write down goals

  • Plan

  • Re-evaluate goals every few weeks

2. Help your child be more organized

  • Check the daily planner

  • Help them put handouts in binders

  • Require your child to be in school unless she/he is ill or there is a family emergency

  • Schedule vacations or appointments that do not conflict with the school day

  • Promote proper nutrition, daily exercise, and good sleep habits

  • Support the school's attendance policy

How can you be involved in the High School:

  1. Continue the practices started in Middle School

  2. Designate at least one night a week as "Family Dinner NIght"

  3. Help your teen make good decisions

  4. Avoid power struggles by rephrasing what you want your teen to do:

  5. Remind your teen respecting others begins with self-respect

  6. Let your teen know that rude behavior will not be tolerated

  7. Model behavior you wish your teen to display:

  • Be polite to your teen/address your teen the way you want him/her to address you

  • Ask his/her opinion

  • Praise your teen for respectful behavior

Focus on Early Reading
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Motivating Your Child to Read
Motivating Your Child to Read/ If you want your child to be a reader, he/she has to see that you value reading.

Focus on Writing
Focus on Writing Many children enjoy writing on the computer. Research shows that children whose parents help with homework on a consistent basis outperform children whose parents are not involved. 

Focus on Math
Focus on Math Manipulatives are "hands-on" objects your child can use to practice skills.

Focus on Social Studies
Focus on Social Studies/Encourage an interest in Social Studies

Focus on Science
Focus on Science/Parents who encourage their children's interest in math and science are more likely to have children who study those subjects later on.

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Family Care Branch
Family Care Branch provides programs that focus on the needs of the families by providing quality programs that support the continuum of Active Duty personnel and their families. 

School Liaison
The School Liaison Officer coordinates educational support services and maximizes opportunities for academic success for transitioning military children and youth.

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The School Options has links to all the school at MUSD and the School Options in the area. The link also provides information about After School Options and Preschool as well.

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