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Monday, January 2, 2012

Involvement = Success

The following information was taken from a report written by the Michigan Department of Education. The report was called "What Research Says About Parent Involvement In Children's Education."  These findings reinforce what I have always believed... parental involvement in the home has a significant effect on a child's success in school.

Where Children Spend Their Time:
  • School age children spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school.
When Parents Should Get Involved:
  • The earlier in a child's educational process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects.
  • The most effective forms of parent involvement are those that engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.
Impact of Parental Involvement:
  • 86% of the general public believes that support from parents is the most important way to improve schools.
  • Lack of parental involvement is the biggest problem facing public schools.
  • Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have (1) higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; (2) better school attendance; (3) Increased motivation, better self-esteem; (4) lower suspension rates; (5) decreased use of alcohol and drugs; (6) fewer instances of violent behavior.
  • Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. 
  • The more intensly parents are involved, the more beneficial the achievement effects.
  • The more parents partipate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level, the better for student achievement.
Parent Expectations and Student Achievement:
  • Among the most consistent predictors of children's academic achievement and social adjustment is parent expectations of the child's academic attainment.
  • Parents of high-achieving students set higher standards for their children's educational activities than parents of low-achieveing students.

The Michigan Department of Education also found that families whose children were doing well in school exhibited the following characteristics:
  1. Established a daily family routine. Example: Providing time and a quiet place to study, assigning responsibility for household chores, being firm about bedtime and having dinner together.
  2. Monitored out-of-school activities. Example: Setting limits on TV watching, checking up on children when parents are not home, arranging for after-school activities and supervised care.
  3. Modeled the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.  Example: Communicating through questioning and conversation, demonstrating that achievement comes from working hard.
  4. Expressed high but realistic expectations for achievement.  Example: Setting goals and standards that are appropriate for the child's age and maturity, recognizing and encouraging special talents, informing friends and family about successes.
  5. Encouraged children's development/progress in school.  Example: Maintaining a warm and supportive home, showing interest in children's progress in school, helping with homework, discussing the value of a good education and possible career options, staying in touch with teachers and school staff.
  6. Encouraged reading, writing and discussions among family members.  Example: Reading, listening to children read and talking about what is being read.

Message for 2012...
Sandi Zobrest (Nonna)
As the founder of Nonna and Me, I am dedicated to providing parents of young children with tools to help reinforce a variety of skills needed in the kindergarten classroom. Nonna and Me products are designed to introduce readiness material in a fun way, using repetition and reinforcement. I strongly believe that parent-child interaction is an important element in a child's development. I encourage parents to watch our DVD, listen to our CD and read our books along with your children and then initiate discussions about what they see and hear.

Throughout the coming year I plan to continue to post information and printable activity sheets on my blog to help you work with your children at home. If there is anything else I can provide you with, please let me know. I welcome your comments.

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