Connect with the Community
Learning a new concept is infinitely more meaningful when students understand the way it relates to the real world. Join or create a committee that helps your school create partnerships with local businesses or organizations. Field trips allow kids to learn abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Enhance a unit on nutrition with a trip to the local grocery store, visit the pet shop to add some pizzazz to a unit on animal habitats, or boost a unit on government and politics with a trip to the town hall. Allowing children the chance to hear from and speak with the experts on these topics gives way to more authentic learning and support members of the community.
Getting involved in your child's school experience will benefit your child and the school in many ways—but don't underestimate how these experiences will benefit you! Feeling connected and making a contribution to something you believe in may be the greatest reward of all.