• Parental involvement is simply being involved in your child's life and education.  It ranges from the little things like checking their backpack and making sure they read for 20 minutes every day.  Helping them create a quiet, distraction-free place for homework.  Making sure they actually do their homework. Turning the TV off, sitting at the table, and talking over dinner.  Be sure to ask about their day; sometimes that is the easiest way to spot problems while they're small.  If you child says, "I hate school," ask questions.  Are they struggling with math?  Are they being bullied?  Are they tired during the day and just need more sleep?  Were they embarrassed because they forgot their book at home and then their pencil broke during a test?  Problems are more easily solved when they are small!

    When your kids are reluctant to talk, go for a drive.  Put the phones away and turn the radio off.  For some children, especially teenagers,  it's easier to talk to you when you're facing forward, not sitting face-to-face.  In the car, it's impossible to just walk away from the conversation.  Don't interrogate, have a conversation, allow some quiet time while they compose their thoughts, and listen to what they're trying to tell you.  Most of us are guilty of being so busy thinking about what we're going to say, that we forget to listen.  
    One of the best ways for parents to be involved in their child's education is to communicate regularly with teachers. Think of yourself as the teacher's partner in managing your child's education. Monitor your child's homework and school projects, making them a top priority in their schedule.  Sports and extracurricular activities matter- they are what help to make a well-rounded child, but the truth is that very few people make a living as professional athletes or musicians.  Children NEED an education to succeed in life!
    Another way parents can be involved is to volunteer at the school. All kinds of opportunities exist, such as helping in the workroom with copying papers and other tasks for teachers, reading with students who can benefit from one-on-one help, helping with fundraisers like Santa Shop, and assisting with extracurricular activities including Family Fun Nights and Field Day.  Every task done by a volunteer instead of a teacher directly results in more time your child's teacher can spend teaching.  
    Another funny thing that statics have shown; it doesn't matter what you actually do at school.  When your child sees you at school, it doesn't matter whether you're cutting out shapes or copying worksheets, your child is PROUD of you!  They brag to their friends that their mom/dad is at school.  At a deeper level, they grasp that by being at school, their education really means something to you.  The end result is that when parents volunteer at school, their children's grades tend to increase and their behavioral issues tend to decrease.  Standardized test scores are higher and students have a more positive attitude toward school and learning.  The rates at which children graduate high school and continue on to college increases dramatically.  Those are pretty impressive results for a small investment of time! 
    For more information about parental involvement or volunteering at Goshen Creek, please call school and speak with Nikki Wiens, the Parent Liaison at our school.

    We look forward to seeing you at our school activities!