5 Ways to Be Involved at Your Child’s Preschool {Guest Post}

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Finger painting, singing, show and tell – preschool can be like a dream for your toddler. While preschool is certainly fun, it is also one of the most formative times of your child’s education. The skills they learn in preschool, and the routines and habits that form, will follow them in elementary school.

And you, as the parent, have a huge impact. Parents who are involved at the early education level are more likely to stay involved in elementary years, according to the Harvard Family Research Project. And, parent involvement in preschool was directly related to higher pre-literacy scores on standardized tests.

Natalie's kids in preschool

Natalie’s kids in preschool

What can you do to make a difference? As a single parent, it’s not like you have a ton of extra hours in the day. And, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So, I’m sharing five of my easy, effective ways to be involved in your child’s preschool:

Talk a lot: When you drop-off and pick-up your child, take the time to get to know your preschool teacher. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Your preschool teacher will be with your child for a big portion of the week, so she may have insight on your child’s behavior or learning skills that you need to know!

You’re the teacher too! Make a conscious effort to know what is being taught at the preschool, and then continue teaching these subjects at home.  My kids went to a Montessori school that was focused on teaching daily life skills. The kids would peel carrots or sweep into the dust pan themselves, so I made sure to encourage this same behavior at home.

Share your knowledge: At this young age, discovery is a huge part of the learning process! Hands-on activities help with hand-eye coordination, and the kids have a ton of fun doing it. Do you love to garden? Come to school one day and show the kids how to plant flowers.

Ask for flexible volunteering options: A lot of volunteering options happen during the school day, but if you’re a working single parent, it can be especially hard to take time-off. Don’t let this stop you! There is a lot you can still do outside the normal classroom hours. Ask your teacher if she needs help cutting construction paper or getting crafts ready. Or, maybe she needs help photocopying, or needs to buy more crayons.

Be social: As a single parent, I sometimes felt disconnected from the other parents at school. It can sometimes be hard to build relationships with the other adults. To get to know them, offer to take turns having other kids over at your house for play dates. You develop friendships with the parents when you pick-up and drop-off the kids, and you help one another by giving each other some free time.

 

Parental involvement is whatever you want it to be. The most important part is showing our sons and daughters that we care about what they’re learning, and that we’re proud of them.

 

Natalie Angelillo is a mother of two and founder of SwopBoard.com, an online community marketplace to buy, sell and raise money for schools.

 

About Natasha

Hi, I'm Natasha! I'm a 30-something Program Manager and blogger at Epic Mommy Adventures. Most importantly, I'm a single mom to my adorable son, who drives me nuts in one moment and melts my heart in the next. I enjoy sharing our epic stories, giving advice to other single moms, and sharing my co-parenting woes. I also share blog hops, giveaways, product reviews, and so much more. Join the fun!

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  1. Needed this! My son is starting pre-K in the fall. Thanks <3 <3

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