Family Engagement

Family Engagement Month, tree with red yellow and green leavesFamily Engagement Month

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month, a time to celebrate the crucial role parents and families play in their children's education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed, not just in school, but throughout life.

Activities 

  • Review with and talk to your child about daily homework.
  • Connect with other parents and plan educational activities, such as a trip to the local library.
  • Plan a day with no electronics. Consider books, board games or puzzles.
  • Praise your child for their efforts rather than their abilities.
  • Join the PTA, PTO, or a parent involvement committee.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so that you can participate in school activities.
  • Listen to and discuss different types of music with your children.
  • Visit a local park or other attraction and talk about what you see.
  • As a family, learn more about recycling efforts and pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Explore and talk about career interests and possibilities with your child.
  • Let your child know you’re committed to their success.
  • Sneak a fun note into your child’s backpack or lunch box as a token of encouragement and support.
  • Talk with your family about community service and why it is important.
  • Browse the news and talk about current events with your child.
  • Invite your child to help you write the grocery list, shop and plan meals.
  • Use “downtime” in the car or on a walk to quiz your child on something they are learning in school.
  • Flip through old family photos. Tell stories about your family’s history and answer your child’s questions.
  • Pretend you have a TV or radio talk show. Take turns “interviewing” each other.
  • Encourage conversation among family members at the dinner table.
  • Pick a project in or around your home–fixing, improving,or beautifying. Involve your child in all phases of the project.
  • Talk with your child’s teachers about their progress in school.
  • Create a written or oral story with your child about the day. Include real and extravagant details to make it fun!
  • Talk to your child about his/her favorite subject in school.
  • Listen! It’s the #1 thing a parent can do to support their child.
  • Ask your child’s teacher(s) how you can best support his or her learning at home.

Just Take :20 with the zero having clock hands in an open blue book Just Take 20

Research says a student’s family support system is the number one predictor of school success. When parents are involved in their children’s reading at home, children do better in school and the schools they attend do better, too.

Based on this research, the Florida Department of Education created JustTake20 Website to provide K-12 families with practical, easy-to-implement reading activities they can do with their child.

Families will find it easy to practice reading at home with their customizable literacy plan, tailored to their child’s grade level and needs. Each family can build its own family profile, score points and earn badges while having fun with various reading and writing activities. Online activities are easily accessed on any smart phone, tablet or computer and include tips for parents and downloadable materials, providing learning at the kitchen table or on the go.

Resources for Families