Engaging in Activities With Your Child

Miss. Tracy shared tips on finding the time to engage in activities with your child! Watch it here on The Rhode Show!

Sometimes, it may be hard to find the time to engage with your child’s education and extracurricular activities. In this day and age we get so caught up with the day to day hustle and bustle that the things that mean the most to us are put aside.  Here are some ways to engage with your child’s education and other activities along the way of your busy day.

  • Developing parent involvement

If your child is in the Early Childhood stages, elementary age or older you can get involved in the school at drop off or pick up. See if you can spend some time helping a teacher prepare for the next day.  Or when you can, spend some time to read to the children. This may only be 10-15 minutes out of your day or once a week, but you are involved.

  • Chaperone a fieldtrip

  • Library assistant

  • Help with a fundraiser organizing or help distribute.

  • Bake sales

All of these things are huge help to teachers and their school.

As the Educator

  • Your first contact should be a positive one. This helps to establish a rapport.

  • Give your parents clear, concise and easy to read information.There is nothing more frustrating, when you have so much to read and it makes no sense by the time you get to the bottom.

  • Try to accommodate your parent’s schedules; for meetings, to help them volunteer or just to chat.

  • Establish a meaningful relationship between home/school.

  • Create a parent resource center.This could consist of anything from toilet training to homework help, depending on your age groups.

  • Sometimes parents just want to ask questions.Create a parent web page.This sometimes helps with the line of communication.

  • By doing these steps you will be able to engage your parents more often than not.

At home or extracurricular activities

  • Establish times for homework. Right after school, with an area that your child can concentrate.Set them up with the things they need.Paper, calculator, pencils etc.

  • Try to stick to routines; Dinner around the same time, shower-bath and so on.

  • Work around these when your child has sports, activities after school or practice.

  • Lastly, your child is not involved in anything at school.Go for a walk, set aside time to chat, or just do something.This keeps you involved, engaged, and most of all knowing what your child or children are doing.

By trying to set schedules, time to volunteer, and time to sit and talk with your child you will already be engaging without even knowing it.

Resources:  Education world, Parenting

 

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI.   Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees.  Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.