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Parents as Partners in Teaching

Harrisburg Academy teachers and classrooms are very fortunate to have an amazing and supportive group of parents.  From field trips, to presentations of ethnic celebrations from around the world, to classroom parties, parents play a pivotal role as “dedicated teachers” in the classroom.

In 1st grade, our curriculum incorporates a specific theme each month, along with other subject areas.  For many of our themed lessons, we have parent volunteers come into the class and lend their support to successfully implement planned activities with the students.  For example, we have had parents help host Miss Spider’s Tea Party during the month focused on insects, and polar bear Rice Krispie® treats during the month dedicated to winter animals.

Ethnic celebrations from around the world is always a fun theme.  Parents partner with me to introduce the culture for a country of their choice.  We have learned about how Germany, Israel, Italy, and Mexico celebrate their distinctive cultures.  Parents come well-prepared with digital presentations, print outs, crafts, and delicious treats.  Our students enjoy every lesson and so do I.

Harrisburg Academy provides a number of opportunities for parent involvement, and students’ academic performance benefits greatly from parent engagement in the school curriculum.  I also believe that parent presence in the classroom helps with students’ mental and behavioral development, which is another important aspect of elementary education.  I am proud to say that Academy parents stand beside me as my teaching partners!

In 1st grade, our curriculum incorporates a specific theme each month, along with other subject areas. For many of our themed lessons, we have parent volunteers come into the class and lend their support to successfully implement planned activities with the students. For example, we have had parents help host Miss Spider’s Tea Party during the month focused on insects, and polar bear Rice Krispie® treats during the month dedicated to winter animals.

Ethnic celebrations from around the world is always a fun theme. Parents partner with me to introduce the culture for a country of their choice. We have learned about how Germany, Israel, Italy, and Mexico celebrate their distinctive cultures. Parents come well-prepared with digital presentations, print outs, crafts, and delicious treats. Our students enjoy every lesson and so do I.

Harrisburg Academy provides a number of opportunities for parent involvement, and students’ academic performance benefits greatly from parent engagement in the school curriculum. I also believe that parent presence in the classroom helps with students’ mental and behavioral development, which is another important aspect of elementary education. I am proud to say that Academy parents stand beside me as my teaching partners!