Being involved in your children’s education can be as simple as asking them about their school day or as bold as volunteering once a week for lunchroom duty.

  1. Ask your child about school. Saying “Tell me something you learned today” shows your child that you’re interested in what happens in the classroom.

  2. Read to your child. As your children get older, let them read to you.

  3. Help your child with homework. If your child doesn’t need help, get in the habit of checking his answers.

  4. Join your school’s parent group. Attend a meeting to find out what’s happening in school and how you can get involved.

  5. Help out in your child’s classroom. Most teachers are grateful for an extra set of hands. They might need you for special projects, or to work one-on-one or with small groups of children on reading, math, or other subjects.

  6. Take over some of your teacher’s photocopying. Commit to an hour or two a week of photocopying to free up your child’s teacher for classwork.

  7. Prepare a presentation for your child’s class about your hobby or your family’s ethnic or religious traditions.

  8. Help decorate the classroom for a class party.

  9. Volunteer in the lunchroom or at recess. This is a great way to get to know your children’s schoolmates.

  10. Help out in the school library. Librarians may need help cataloging books or straightening up after classes visit.

  11. Help the art teacher mount student artwork for display. Or volunteer to assist with projects during art class.

  12. Serve as volunteer tech support in the school media lab.

  13. Paint scenery and build sets for the school play.

  14. Answer phones and greet visitors in the school office.

  15. Chaperone a field trip.

  16. Take photographs for the school yearbook or memory book.

  17. Volunteer to head a club or teach an after-school enrichment class. Share your expertise—for example, photography, chess, or sewing doll clothes.

  18. Speak at career day.

  19. Help plan school events such as dances, holiday productions, or special assemblies.

  20. Work the concession stand at sporting events.

  21. Offer to contribute to or produce the school newsletter.

  22. Work with school administrators to write grant proposals or seek other funding sources.

  23. Judge a competition such as a science fair or spelling bee.

  24. Attend school board meetings. You’ll learn about issues affecting your district.

  25. Vote in school elections. Learn about candidates for school board. Take your child to the polls on election day so he can see you exercise your civic responsibility.


#8 Amy 2008-09-24 14:26
I have five children aged from 19 to 9 years old, and I recognize that it has been hard for me sometimes to get involved as much as I wanted into their schools. However, things seem to be much easier for me this year and I have already done some of the suggestions listed above. I have also realized that every help is appreciated in schools and that nothing is too small...
I would like to thank Ilemma for sharing her precious point of view as teacher. I am using her approach now.

Thanks for this great list.
#7 Mr. and Mrs. Kellar 2008-09-17 21:46
Thank you for the article. We love to get involved with our children's school. We are both students and work as well, and some of these ideas will allow us to get more involved and help the teachers out.
#6 Cori Pryor 2008-09-14 14:51
I just wanted to thank you all for the input that you have given me. I am the current President for my school and the list as well as the other ideas should help some of the new Kindergarden parents. Don't let me leave out any of the other classes though. I will post this on my PTO bulletin board. Thanks again everyone.
#5 C. & T. Williams 2008-09-12 17:29
As a working parents with work-related travel assignments, we try to make important recogniton activities my children are involved in. We still often find ourselves wanting to do more for our children's school.

Your article on "25 ways to make a difference" sure helps provide parents with a wide range of opportunities to be an asset to our children's schools. The article and links are great resources.

Thank you! Mr. & Mrs Williams-DFT
#4 Rathna Ethirajulu 2008-09-08 01:54
These are great ways - I have done and still doing few of the above mentioned and finding it very useful....Thank s - Rathna
#3 Melissa Thornton 2008-09-06 04:53
I am going to print this list and see how many I can check off this year...how fun...thanks!
#2 Heady 2008-09-03 19:22
thanks for this list. i'm doing a get involved campaign in oklahoma city so finding this site was like finding goal. i will be linking this site to mine asap. once again, thanks.
#1 llemma 2008-08-03 08:33
I'm a teacher, and I LOVE hearing from parents and working with them to support their kids. I have to offer a different perspective on the "checking homework" issue, though.

One of the most important skills your child can learn in elementary school is organizing and monitoring his or her own work. If he or she is struggling, sometimes more hands-on involvement is necessary, but otherwise, you should be helping your child develop the habit of checking the homework independently:

"I finished my math homework!"
"Way to go! How are you going to check it?"
"Hmm, maybe I'll multiply out one of the division problems."
"Sounds like a plan!"

Trust me -- this lesson is way more valuable than a perfect 100% on every worksheet.

Another easy change is to ask your child to read his/her writing aloud to you INSTEAD of readinng it over his/her shoulder. Your child will learn to catch his or her own mistakes instead of relying on your editing.

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