Involved parents: The hidden resource in their children’s education

Although parents conscientiously send their children off to school every day and expect them to do well, they can add an important extra ingredient that will boost their children’s success. Parent participation is the ingredient that makes the difference. Parents’ active involvement with their child’s education at home and in school brings great rewards and has can have a significant impact on their children’s child’s lives. According to research studies, the children of involved parents:

are absent less frequently
behave better
do better academically from pre-school through high school
go farther in school
go to better schools

Research also shows that a home environment that encourages learning is even more important than parents’ income, education level, or cultural background. By actively participating in their child’s education at home and in school, parents send some critical messages to their child; they’re demonstrating their interest in his/her activities and reinforcing the idea that school is important.

New Study Says Schools Should Play Primary Role in Boosting Students’ Physical Health

  • A new report issued today by the Institute of Medicine and developed by two University of Texas at Austin professors, says schools should play a key role in ensuring all students have the opportunity to engage in at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity each day.
  • Recent estimates suggest that only about half of school-age children meet this evidence-based guideline for promoting better health and development. The report recommends that most daily physical activity occur during regular school hours in physical education classes, recess or breaks, and classroom exercises, with additional opportunities available through active commutes to and from school, before- and after-school programs, and participation in intramural or varsity sports.
  • A growing body of evidence, including several studies by Castelli, suggests that increasing physical activity and fitness may improve academic performance — especially in mathematics and reading — and that the benefits of engaging in physical activity during the school day outweigh the benefits of exclusive use of classroom time for academic learning.
  • According to the report, ensuring equity in access to physical activity and physical education will require support from federal and state governments as well as state, district and local education administrators, the report says. School systems at every level, together with city planners and parent-teacher organizations, should consider physical activity in all policy decisions related to the school environment.

51 Report Card Comments

The student(’s) . . .

  •     an enthusiastic learner.
  •     tackles new challenges seriously/eagerly and with a positive attitude.
  •     arrives at school each day with a smile, ready to learn.
  •     an active participant in small group discussions.
  •     puts evident effort into his work as he completes assignments with quality in mind.
  •     shows perseverance in all he does.
  •     has many insightful ideas to share with the class.
  •     kind, caring, and friendly character makes her a role model for classmates.
  •     cheery demeanor has made her a friend to many in our classroom.
  •     uses common sense to problem solve independently and in a positive manner.
  •     respectful of others.
  •     adapts easily to new situations