Involvement and Home School Collaboration is not uncommon from kindergarten to
secondary school around the world. It is very important way for parents and teachers to understand the children
no matter at home or in school.
Based on the National
PTA Website define “parent involvement” as the participation of parents in
every 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 and
meaningful communication involving student academics learning and other school
activities. For instance, volunteer work or decision making about children’s
education, health and well-being, as well as community collaboration that
reflect schools’ aspiration for all children. In Hong Kong, many kindergartens
invite parents as volunteers to story-telling, bazaar and some activities like
sports day, graduation ceremony, outing regularly. It usually takes once in one or two
months. This helps parents to understand children’s learning status in school.
The purpose of
parental involvement provide a primary way for parents to participate in the
educational process, improve the relationships between teachers and parents, as
much to engage their children’s learning at home or in school. There are
several 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 Gallery
in the MTR or community centre, which increased the visibility of the schools. Additionally
more and more people will know that schools. Other than that, on the occasion
that schools actively involve parents and community tend to establish better
reputations in the community. Parents benefit from bring a big part of their child’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 more involved
in their children’s learning activities at home. Moreover, as parents gain more
knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection and positive
reinforcement and less punishment on their children. When parents are the part
of their child’s educator, it can greatly benefit to the children.