Winning Parents to Your School Team

September, 2019

WHY?  Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, and they can be valuable partners in their child’s education.  The earlier in a child’s educational process the parents get involved, the more powerful the effects.  The National Coalition for Parent Involvement for Education reports that when schools and families work together, everyone benefits.


•Students have higher grades, graduation rates, and attendance.
•Decreased use of drugs and alcohol, lower rates of suspension, and fewer instances of violent behavior.
•Parents feel empowered.
•Teacher morale is more positive.
•Schools improve.
•Communities grow stronger.


It takes a village to raise a child.  A “village” of parents, grandparents, teachers, relatives, friends, community leaders, neighbors, bus drivers, physicians, and a myriad of others who add to the tapestry of their lives.  We can’t do it alone, but if we hold hands and stick together like we tell the children to do, then we can create happy memories that will give children the roots to live a good life and wings to create a bright future.

This month you will find a resource guide with pathways and activities to engage families in their child’s education.  We must help parents believe that they can make a difference, and we must provide them with the tools and skills they need to contribute to their child’s growth and development.  Above all, we must do all we can to make families feel welcome and needed!

Each month you’ll find “Recipes for Fun” that you can run off for your parents or post on your class blog or website.  There’s a song, finger play, nursery rhyme, cooking activity, science experiment, craft, and game that you can share with your families.  You might even want to do some of these in your classroom!
            Let’s Sing!
            Let’s Say a Nursery Rhyme!
            Let’s Do a Finger Play!
            Let’s Cook!
            Let’s Explore!
            Let’s Make Something!
            Let’s Play a Game!



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