When the school and parents work together, a strong partnership is formed which enhances our child’s level of education. Our child’s education begins at birth through positive child parent interactions. Parents and grandparents begin by talking and reading to their new infant. As their child grows, education becomes more defined. Parents tell their child about “green grass”, “blue skies” and “white snow.” Their child responds by learning their colors and gains precious information about the world around them.
The partnership between parents and the child’s teacher is of utmost importance for our students. Working with the child during the day, the teacher helps him or her to learn to read and do math, while the parent continues to assist the child in learning about their surroundings. The role of the parent in education is important as he or she works with their child on the “three R’s”: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. The time put into completing learning activities at home results in greater achievement in the school classroom.
This relationship between teachers and parents is embodied by the following poem by Cleo Swarat.
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher: the tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent with guiding hand and gentle loving heart.
And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had worked into the child could never be sold or bought!
And each agreed she would have failed if she had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school, and behind the teacher stood the home!
In the Columbia School District, as teachers continue to work side by side with the parents of the children in their care, we are building the future for our community and our students. The partnership we build to enhance learning opportunities for your children is of utmost importance. If you have a question about your child’s educational progress, please call or email your child’s teacher. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia Schools, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 517-592-6641. We all want what is best for our children!