Kindergarten can be pivotal in preparing your child for their future academic journey. So it’s important that parents are involved even in these early stages as much as possible. Being there to support and assist your child through kindergarten will help ease any stresses they may feel and will prepare your child for schooling success in the years ahead.
Your involvement and attention at this early stage in your child’s education pays off in many ways. Research shows that kids whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades, score better on standardized tests, and attend college.
Taking the time to familiarize your child with the kindergarten and educating yourself on what it is all about will go a long way toward helping your child with a smooth transition into education and school. Your involvement helps strengthen schools, shows children that you value learning, and assists in building a thriving community. What’s more, you’ll benefit directly by taking an active role. You’ll meet other parents and quickly learn the ins and outs of your child’s kindergarten.
Here we share kindergarten parent advice – our top ten tips to help you become more active and make a difference in your child’s education:
Kindergarten Parent Advice 1:
Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and to the kindergarten/school. You don’t have to wait until parent-teacher conferences. In fact, sometimes it’s easier during the first week or so of school, to find a moment to say a quick hello. By asking the teacher whether there is anything he or she needs and finding out how they like to be contacted will set a positive tone for the year.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 2:
Offer to get involved and help out in the classroom. Most kindergarten teachers welcome help from enthusiastic parents. What you do in the classroom will depend on what the teacher needs, but if you’re able to commit to assisting in whatever way possible, let your child’s teacher know and they will appreciate it.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 3:
Even if you can’t help out in class, you can volunteer to do something from home. You could make phone calls to inform other parents of important information, help prepare materials for lessons, assist with school lunches, and more. Bringing your volunteer ethic home shows your child that school is important. It will also help strengthen your connection with the teacher.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 4:
Offer to share your own experience. Offer to be a special guest visitor to your child’s classroom to share something special about yourself; your occupation, your cultural background, or an interesting hobby, somewhere that you’ve travelled to. Your child will be proud to let everyone know you’re his or her parent and the kindergarten will appreciate your efforts!
Kindergarten Parent Advice 5:
Learn about your child’s school. Read the school handbook to learn about school policies. Stay informed by reading school and parent-teacher group newsletters. If the school has a website, check it regularly for updates and information.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 6:
Reach out to other parents. Look for opportunities to get to know the parents of your child’s classmates. Volunteer to chaperone field trips. Attend class parties and assemblies. Don’t be shy about introducing yourself, and be sure to exchange phone numbers and email addresses. The other parents will be an invaluable support system during the first year of school and beyond.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 7:
Make time to attend and support school events as much as possible. Even events where your child isn’t specifically involved still need your support. Make it a point to go to assemblies, open houses, art shows, and other school/kindergarten events
Kindergarten Parent Advice 8:
Talk with your child about kindergarten and school. When your child comes home, ask open questions (who, what, where, how, why) about their day. Questions like “what was the best thing that happened today at school?” and “tell me one new thing that you learned today in kindergarten” show that you are genuinely interested and reflect the importance of education.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 9:
Positively encourage your child’s efforts at kindergarten. Communicate the idea, in both words and actions, that education is important. Don’t forget to post artwork and school papers on the refrigerator and walls for everyone to see! This is both important for your child’s self esteem, but also reinforces the message that you care about his or her efforts in kindergarten.
Kindergarten Parent Advice 10:
Join Parent Teacher Association. A parent group is a terrific way to learn about your child’s school/kindergarten and you’ll be able to forge lasting connections with the parents you meet. This will also put you in a place of influence when it comes to ensuring your child’s educational environment is a fun and exciting place to learn.