How can parents contribute meaningfully to their child's education?
Education begins at home. The adults of the family spend considerable time with children during their early childhood, contributing significantly to their early learning and development. Hence, they are undoubtedly the ‘first bunch of teachers’ and the home is thus ‘The First School’ of the child.
Yet, when children enroll in a formal school setting, the notion of ‘educational expertise’ is often left to schools and teaching staff, rather than being a ‘shared responsibility’. Parents either find little or no time in continuing their good work or end up doubting their efficacy in supporting the child.
When parents take this back seat in engaging in their child’s education (and instead end up only reacting to the needs and demands of the school), it can have serious implications on the child’s grades, socio-emotional skills, behavior, and attendance, to name a few. There is a lot more to meaningful family engagement than just helping a child in getting through his/her homework!
Through ‘The First School’, I hope to provide interesting resources to help you engage in your child’s education more meaningfully and mindfully. We will also, together, ensure that the notions of ‘shared responsibility’ and ‘meaningful family engagement’ are looked at from refreshingly new dimensions. All I intend is to offer a useful little tool to the comprehensive toolbox you already have in your possession. :)
The content of the newsletter will be inspired by scientific research conducted by the best universities in the world, thoughtful activities, perspectives from different stakeholders, anecdotes, and so much more! So hop on to the bandwagon and discover vital information about meaningful family engagement! After all, well-supported adults lead to well-supported children!
I’m Sriram Sampath, a passionate educator with more than 10 years of experience in teaching and learning. I currently work for Skidos Labs, an educational technology company based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m pursuing a professional certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Early Education Leadership.
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