The Importance of Family Involvement in School Activities

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  • 0:04 Family Involvement
  • 0:53 Increased Academic Success
  • 2:08 Increased Motivation…
  • 3:10 Reduced Rsk of…
  • 4:19 Recap of Benefits
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Instructor: Derek Hughes

Derek has a Masters of Science degree in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum.

With everyone's busy schedules, involving families in school activities can often be a challenge. However, with the effort comes a host of benefits. This lesson details several of those benefits that come with family involvement.

Family Involvement

Go to any school-wide activity, like a sporting event or play, and you're likely to see a host of families there to support the children involved. However, you're also likely to see (even if you don't know it) at least a student or two whose family isn't there. While this is certainly sad, it also places the child's education at a disadvantage.

Family involvement is when a student's parents, guardians, or other relatives attend or work for various school-wide events, such as sports teams, plays, and fundraisers. Family involvement in these activities has proven to have many benefits, some of which will be explored in this lesson through several snapshots of different students. In addition, it is important that you, as the teacher, understand these benefits so you can help parents understand the importance of their involvement.

Increased Academic Success

Sophia is a third grade elementary school student. While generally a positive and hardworking student, Sophia has significant struggles with reading comprehension. She's pulled out of the classroom for an hour a day to receive help from a reading specialist. Even with that help, Sophia is not improving as much as the school would have hoped.

When asked, Sophia tells her teacher that her parents don't really work with her at home or pay much attention to her school life. The teacher has tried to set up several meetings with Sophia's parents and invite them to various school activities, but she never hears back from them. Finally, the principal steps in to meet with the parents and discuss how important it is they become involved.

After the meeting, Sophia's parents slowly start showing up to more meetings and school events. Sophia also reports that they worked with her at night sometimes. As these things are happening, Sophia's teacher notices that the child's reading grades are going up. The reading specialist also indicates that Sophia seems to be responding more to the educational interventions.

As you can see from Sophia's story, parental involvement in school activities has been proven to help students succeed in school and earn better grades. When students see their parents involved with school, they tend to value their schoolwork more, which leads to better overall achievement and success.

Increased Motivation to Socialize

Parent involvement affects students at every level of education, as you'll see with the story of Mark, a high school junior. Throughout his life, Mark's parents never paid much attention to his schooling and were uninvolved. Mark tried to play for sports teams or participate in after school activities, but had to drop out of them because his parents didn't make the effort to get him to and from meetings and practices.

Because of this lax attitude about school, Mark never found much success in academics. He was constantly frustrated by school and by his teachers. He was often in trouble, but his parents made no attempts to correct the behaviors that got him in trouble. When Mark entered high school, he began counting down the days until he could drop out.

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