What does being involved actually involve?

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General Birth to 18 years

Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their learning are more likely to achieve. There are many different ways that parents and family members can be involved in a child’s learning.

Learning at home

You can be involved in your child’s education by assisting their learning at home. You can do this by reading with them, engaging in play-based learning for younger children, helping them with study techniques such as time management, and even just by talking to them about their day.

Be clear and encouraging

When children know their parents expect them to do their best, they tend to do so. Let them know you believe in them and that you know they can do well at school if they try. Give your child authentic encouragement and praise them for their efforts and achievements.

Volunteering at school

Some parents engage in their child’s learning by helping with school activities such as fundraising events, school camps, class reading and excursions. Speak to your child’s school about events and activities you can assist with. You can also support your child’s learning in school just by keeping in touch with their teachers and participating in parent–teacher interviews. When schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.

School decision making

You can become involved in school decision making by communicating with your child’s school teachers and leaders, and getting involved in school boards and committees. Talk to your child’s school about how you can get involved in school decision making.

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