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Celebrating Parents Teaching Children

November 14, 2012
A father works with his young daughter on a writing assignment.

Children model their parents, and that's largely the reason education study after study shows that parents are among the most effective teachers. Throughout Parent Engagement Month, the Georgia Department of Education encourages parents to get involved — to read with children, to take students to museums, to talk about history, science and the arts. For every day throughout November, parents can follow a calendar of activities to grow their children and inspire a profound love of learning.

Here are a few activities you and your children can do together this month:

  • Work with your child to develop a solid homework and study routine.
  • Develop a vocabulary list on index cards together, and add a new word everyday.
  • Ask your child to solve math problems mentally and explain their strategy to you.
  • Encourage your child to join a school club or extracurricular activity.
  • Ask your child to teach you something new on the computer or your tablet device.
  • Explore nature by taking a walk in the park and take pictures of special sightings.

"As the father of a teenage daughter, I know how challenging it is to stay engaged in the lives of our children," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge​​ recently wrote to parents. "Life is demanding, and there is almost never enough time to get everything done, but being involved in your child’s education is arguably one of the most important roles we play as parents."

Dr. Barge's full message reminds parents that schools — and thereby students — thrive with community support. Even 1 small activity can make a vast difference in not only how but also how much a child learns.

Learn more about getting involved with your child's education by visiting the Parent & Family Engagement programs.

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