Get Involved in Your Child's Education
Dad, did you know that you play a key role in your child's academic success? Check out this data about the impact that dads make in how their children perform in school. (Citations for data can be found here):
- Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood
of a student getting mostly A's. This was true for fathers in biological
parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading
- Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
- Having a father involved on a personal level with his child's schooling increases the likelihood of his child's achievement. When fathers assume a positive role in their child's education, students feel a positive impact.
Research like this has inspired NFI to help dads be involved in their child's education. Check out our 5 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child's Education from our brochure How to Help Your Child Do Well in School. We've also partnered with Scholastic Parents to bring you their expert resources on helping your child develop a love for reading and getting involved in your child's school.
5 Ways to Get Involved in Your Child's Education
Our How to Help Your Child Do Well in School brochure has 10 ways for dads to help their children achieve academic success. Here are a few of the tips:
- #1: Help with School Work: Your child may be in a class of 20 to 30 students. If your child is having problems, your child may not get as much one-on-one help as he or she needs. You and mom can give your child the kind of one-on-one help the school may not be able to give. Look for your child's strengths and weaknesses, so that you can help your child where he or she needs it most.
- #2: Go to school and class events: Go to meetings with the teacher, to class parties, to school ball games and plays, and to events that involve the entire school. When dads do these things, their children get better grades and like school more.
- #3: Meet with the teacher: Set a time to meet with your child's teacher, and ask if you can spend parts of one or two days in the classroom. Ask questions about how the teacher will teach and discipline your child. Offer to help with class events or to tutor students in subjects you know well. It's also good to meet with the principal to see how the school is run.
- #4: Get to know other children and parents: Knowing the children in your child's class, and their parents, will help you talk with your child about the good and not so good things that happen at school. This will help if you need to talk with the teacher about problems between your child and other children that happen over and over again. Invite the children and the parents that you want your child to be around to your home. This may create bonds that last a long time. One of the best things you can do for your child is to help him or her avoid "hanging out" with the wrong crowd.
- #5: Ask your boss for time off: All these ideas may be great, but what if it's hard to get off work? Use benefits, such as flextime, that will allow you to get involved. Go in a little late and stay a little late if your child has an event in the morning. Bring your work home and do it after your child goes to bed if it will help you arrange your day to get involved. Ask the teacher or school for a calendar of events so that you can ask for time off long before events take place. This will help your boss plan for your absence.
You can read the rest of the 10 tips from this brochure by ordering it from our FatherSOURCE Resource Center™. Check out all the brochures offered!
Dad, take action today to get involved in your child's education! A few small changes can make a big impact!
Expert Resources from Scholastic Parents
Scholastic Parents is the ultimate online resource of expert information on reading, learning, and raising a well-rounded child. From book recommendations and learning-based activities to age-by-age guides on child development and school help, parents can use Scholastic resources to help their child find success at every step.
Scholastic Parents shared some of their resources with us to help Dads like you be more involved in their child's education. Getting involved is one of the most significant ways you can help your
child stay in school and get better grades. Research shows that when
parents are active, the schools also improve. So show your child, and
his teachers, that his school life is important by making it part of
your life as well.
Check out more resources from Scholastic at their website
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