ParentalInvolvement and Home School Collaboration is not uncommon from kindergarten tosecondary school around the world. It is very important way for parents and teachers to understand the childrenno matter at home or in school. Based on the NationalPTA Website define “parent involvement” as the participation of parents inevery facet of children’s education and development from birth to adulthood,recognizing that parents are the primary influence in children’s lives. Also, the definition articulated in the NLCB,which is the participation of parents is regular, two-way process andmeaningful communication involving student academics learning and other schoolactivities. For instance, volunteer work or decision making about children’seducation, health and well-being, as well as community collaboration thatreflect schools’ aspiration for all children.
In Hong Kong, many kindergartensinvite parents as volunteers to story-telling, bazaar and some activities likesports day, graduation ceremony, outing regularly. It usually takes once in one or twomonths. This helps parents to understand children’s learning status in school.The purpose ofparental involvement provide a primary way for parents to participate in theeducational process, improve the relationships between teachers and parents, asmuch to engage their children’s learning at home or in school.
There areseveral benefits for schools, parents and children throughout parental involvement.First and foremost, schools can help to improve student’s academics achievements,teacher moral and create valuable relationship between parents and teachers.Also, if schools show artwork that made by parents and children at the Art Galleryin the MTR or community centre, which increased the visibility of the schools.
Additionallymore and more people will know that schools. Other than that, on the occasionthat schools actively involve parents and community tend to establish betterreputations in the community. Parents benefit from bring a big part of theirchild’s education. When parents are aware of what their children are learning,they are more likely to help when they are requested by teachers to become moreinvolved in their children’s learning activities at home. Moreover, as parentsgain more knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection andpositive reinforcement and less punishment on their children.
When parents arethe part of their child’s educator, it can greatly benefit to the children.