Children love to have their parents come into the classroom and share time with them! This can include reading a story, participating in an activity, talking about their profession, or simply providing extra materials.
There has been a significant amount of research on early brain development that has shown the significance of positive parental involvement. When parents are involved, children achieve more regardless of their socioeconomic level, ethnic/racial background, or the parents’ educational level (Henderson & Berla, 1994).
According to Henderson and Berla, “the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to:
– Create a home environment that encourages learning
– Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers, and
– Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.
The same researchers also noted that the early years of a child’s life are critically important for healthy brain development, attachment formation, and language acquisition. Prime opportunities for learning exist during the first few years of life that may not be recovered at a later stage. So, look for some time to get involved and join your child for some quality time of learning and fun! You’re always welcome in the Care-a-lot classrooms!