Opportunity School helps parents become strong partners in their child’s education through the Parent Education Program. Through regular teacher visits and group meetings, parents learn how to create a strong home learning environment and to understand their child’s developmental stages.
The program helps the whole family enjoy a lifetime of learning through the following activities:
Individual Parent Visits:
Teachers conduct individual parent visits monthly for every child at Opportunity School. Typically, these visits are conducted in families’ homes, or they may be conducted at school if it is more convenient for families.
The visit consists of the teacher, parent/family member and child sitting down together to enjoy an educational activity, such as working a puzzle specifically selected for the child or reading a book related to the current classroom topic. The teacher gives parents information about the child's development, the importance of reading and talking with their child, and easy ways to strengthen the child's skills at home.
Teachers leave book bags filled with books and learning activities that child and parent can continue to enjoy throughout the month. Teachers provide a new book bag each month.
Group Parent Meetings:
Regular group meetings provide opportunities to share information on a variety of topics based on families’ needs and interests. They also provide the chance for parents and family members to get to know each other and form support systems, to give their input to school staff on future meeting topics or school policies, and to share cultural experiences including foods, music and customs.
Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in classroom celebrations throughout the year and to volunteer on field trips or as classroom assistants. Your child's teacher provides information to connect parents with school activities and events. Check out the bulletin boards in your child's classroom and around the school for more resources and information.
Parents are always welcome and are considered vital members of the Opportunity School family!