National Parent Involvement Day provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success. However, parental involvement shouldn’t be confined to just one day – it should be emphasized all year long. Below are some ideas on how you can get involved in your student’s learning on parent involvement day, or any day of the year.Watch the PTO Today Parent Involvement Matters! video (English/español) to learn why your involvement at school matters to your child’s future.Schedule a parent-teacher conference. Ask how your child is doing and discuss what activities can help support his/her learning at home. Read this article on what you need to know to prepare to meet with your child’s teacher.Volunteer at your school. Your school needs your help. Apply to be a volunteer here. Think about how you can link your volunteer activities to learning. If you paint a classroom, incorporate a map of Texas, or the names of the U.S. Presidents. If you plant trees, ask if you can read to your child’s class about the life cycle of a tree.Reinforce learning at home. Read to your child, schedule study time, check homework daily, and take them to cultural events.Learn about your options in the district. Did you know your child can apply to attend any school in the district? There may be a specialized program that is the perfect fit for your child’s interest. Visit the HISD Office of School Choice website or call (713)556-6784 for more information.Start planning for the future. It’s never too early to find out more about college and career. Attend the Family Learning Academy events programmed for Spring 2015 and learn how to help your child get to college!
National Parent Involvement Day provides a yearly opportunity for schools to welcome, honor, and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success. However, celebrating parental involvement shouldn’t be confined to just one day – it should be emphasized all year long. Below are some ideas on how you can celebrate parents and get them involved in student learning on parental involvement day, or any day of the year.Communicate to parents how important they are! Below are a few resources that you can share with parents and staff.
Recruit new members to the school's PTO/PTA or create interest for building a new parent organization. Use the ptotoday.com toolkit as a guide on how to start or revamp a parent organization at your school. If you are interested in starting or improving a PTA, contact Amanda Caro, PTA Multicultural Manager for HISD at firstname.lastname@example.org.Host an event to make parents feel welcome and emphasize how they can help their children learn at home. Below are some ideas to attract parents to your school:
- Distribute the attached article “Involved Parents: The hidden resource in their children’s education” to your parents when they walk into school, or as they pick up their children.
- Celebrity Reading Night (elementary schools): Invite local celebrities to the school to show students that people they admire enjoy reading and have favorite books. Approach local news anchors, college basketball and football players, judges, DJs, pastors, and team mascots. While celebrities read to students, teachers can give parents a short workshop on how to help children read at home.
- Open Mic Poetry Night (secondary schools): Transform a classroom into a poetry café with a stage and decorations. Invite students to come and read their poetry or short stories and invite their parents. This event can be combined with a book fair.
- Math Carnival (elementary schools): Host a school carnival with activities that include learning activities.
- Ring Toss: Participants toss three rings and get them on two pegs and then multiply the numbers posted on the pegs.
- Fish Pond: Participants catch magnetic fish with a fishing pole. Each fish has a math problem that the students have to solve.
- Book Walk: Students design posters highlighting the plots of their favorite books, which are placed on chairs for a musical chair-like game. When the book’s name was called, the child in the chair wins the book
- Family Math Night (elementary and secondary schools): Set up math games at tables manned by teachers in your school, and have parents and kids walk around to the various booths to play the games. In elementary schools, children will learn math concepts while parents get ideas on how to practice math at home with the kids. In secondary schools, parents and students can compete on math concepts such as multiplication, geometric shapes, probability and estimation.
Stress hands-on experiences and ask staff and community members to help man the stations. Each station can give parents suggested activities on how to follow-up with their children on what they learned at home.
- Science Night (elementary and secondary schools): Set up stations on various topics in science for parents and students to visit:
- Star and galaxy gazing
- The water cycle
- The weather
- Flowers and plants