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Learning Should Begin At Home

Aug 17, 2007
These days parents seem to argue back and forth over the right type of education for their kids. Should they go to public school, private school, Montessori, or should they homeschool? They weigh the pros and cons and try to convince their friends and family members that their way is the right way. But at the end of the day- what really matters is the parent's involvement in their child's education.

Keep reading to find out the top reasons why it is so important to be present in your child's education and why the rest is just personal preference.

Involvement Means Early Reading

Early reading experiences with their parents prepare children for the benefits of formal literacy instruction. Parental involvement in their child's reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy. Furthermore, parents who introduce their babies to books give them a head start in school and an advantage over their peers throughout primary school.

Prepare Yourself for the Teenage Years

Although parental involvement has the greatest effect in the early years, its importance to children's educational and literacy outcomes continues into the teenage and even adult years. For example, research has found that parental interest in their child's education was the single greatest predictor of achievement at age 16.

Set an Example

Children model what they see in the world around them. Parents that show an interest in education and reading are more likely to have children that value the same things. If they see you taking an interest in math or science, they are much more likely to do the same in their own educational endeavors.

So when it comes to your child's education, the key is to be present and involved. Ask them what they did in class that day, sit down and do homework with them, and above all else read and play with them often. If you take their education seriously, so will they.

Lastly, think about your own educational choices when planning for your child's. If you don't have the expertise or knowledge to teach your child properly, do something about it! Life is about learning, so why not take a few college courses or learn a new skill? Your child will look up to you for taking the time to better yourself, and you can pass the knowledge down to your children when the time is right. There is nothing more valuable or sacred than a good education. Cherish it, and help your kids make the most out of each and every opportunity that comes their way.
About the Author
Sarah Jones loves teaching. When she isn't homeschooling her own children, she is busy sharing her love of education with others.
Find a wide assortment of Lesson Plans , crafts for kids, and homeschooling tips at her site, KnowMore.com.
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