Ensuring parental involvement is an important element to the academic performance of children. There are many ways for parents to become involved in the education of their children that will help improve their chances at academic achievement.
According to a study by the American Psychological Association , early parental intervention in the education of a child can have a significant impact on children from low-income backgrounds. According to this study, children from low-income families tend to not perform as well academically as children from more privileged families. Teaching low-income parents the importance of being involved in the education of their children has proven long-term advantages, especially in a child’s academic performance.
Parental involvement in the education of a child is paramount. When a parent is involved in their child’s education, it enhances academic performance and classroom behavior by providing a positive attitude towards key elements, including a child’s self-esteem, motivation, classroom conduct, and absenteeism.
Since parental involvement makes a difference to children of all ages, it is essential that parents remain involved in their child’s education from preschool through to high school. By expressing an interest in your child’s education, you will also have an influence on the benefits of your children attending post-secondary school or college.
A recent study conducted by Planet Ark titled, Planting Trees – Just What the Doctor Ordered, showed children who interact with nature on a regular basis had improvements in their overall health, well being and development. Results from the study also showed vast improvements in children’s self-esteem, a reduction in depression, and an increase in confidence. Moreover, children who participated in this program showed reduced risks of myopia and obesity as well as better grades.
International expert Dr. Mardie Townsend of Deakin University suggest playing with your children even for only 30 minutes a day, can have enormous positive benefits on their cognitive skills. She also explains that doing activities outside is a good way for children to boost their self-esteem. When children are outside in a natural setting, their stress is reduced, which allows them to concentrate better.