The Benefit of Volunteering at Your Child’s School

Parents are always looking for a way to spend more time with their children and a great way to do that is by volunteering at your child’s school. Volunteering is a great way for parents to be more involved in their child’s academic life, which can be beneficial for many reasons. Here are just a few:

1. You get a better understanding of how your child is performing at school.

Keep in mind that your child spends most of their life at school, which means a lot of time away from their parents. In a recent interview with New York Family, Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a psychologist and author of the book, Growing Friendships: A Kid’s Guide to Making and Keeping Friends, said that parent volunteers get a chance to see how their child acts in a different social setting, which provides a new outlook on their social development. Christina Hibbert, founder of Motherhood Radio-TV, said, “Volunteering can help you better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, to see her at her best or at her not-so-best, and to get a feel for what she loves about school and where she might be struggling.”

2. It helps you form a better relationship with the school community.

Your child’s teacher is like a second parent because they play such a big role in your child’s development. Working with your child’s teachers and administrators helps you to have a clearer idea of their daily activities and curriculum. According to PTO Today, when a parent is involved in their child’s education, the parents are more likely to be held in higher self-esteem by teachers and have teachers expect more from their children.

3. It motivates children to do better academically.

According to Boosterthon, the more parents volunteer at school, the more successful their children will be. Studies have shown that children of parents who volunteer earn better grades and perform better on tests. When your child sees you invest in their school, they see you care about their success and they will want to succeed.

4. It benefits the school.

One of the main reasons why schools encourage parents to volunteer is because parents become more likely to contribute to the school. According to Boosterthon, although parents don’t completely know what goes on behind the scenes at school, once they understand the “why”, school decisions become easier to understand, support and appreciate. They also gain a better understanding of what is needed to improve the school, if necessary.

At Prep Academy:

At Prep Academy, we encourage parent involvement because it is a key component of our school’s success. We want our parents to volunteer and be more present in the classroom because it helps in building in a community and boosting the academics.

6 DIY Halloween Treat Ideas for Children

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get prepared! This time of the year is when children are anxious to dress up and try a variety of sweet treats. A new tradition that you can introduce to them is making your own Halloween treats. DIY Halloween treats are a great way to get creative and bond with your child.

If you want to make Halloween snacks that are fun and stand out, here are seven DIY Halloween treats you can make below!
1. Spooky Forest Pudding Cups

Children naturally love pudding, and what better way to serve it than by sprucing it up! This spooky forest pudding cups recipe is easy to make, and a guaranteed party hit. https://bit.ly/316WibC

2. Loaded Halloween Cream Cheese Brownies

If you love a good fudge brownie, then this recipe is perfect for you. This festive brownie recipe mixes things up by adding a sandwich cookie crunch and a touch of cream cheese. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook! https://bit.ly/2MpSGfr

3. Gum and Teeth Apple Snacks

If you’re looking for something that’s easy to make and slightly more on the nutritious side, try this gum and teeth apple recipe! This simple, three-ingredient recipe only requires apples, peanut butter and marshmallows. The marshmallows add the spooky effect, appearing as “monster” teeth. https://bit.ly/2yueKze

4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

If you love crafty food and decorations, this recipe is perfect for you! The pumpkin cheesecake truffle mummies are a treat that will catch everyone’s attention with its red food coloring eyes and white chocolate “mummy” wrap.  This recipe only takes twenty minutes to prep and 30 minutes to chill. https://bit.ly/2pZCFoW

5. Bloody Smores

Here’s a simple-to-make, Halloween spin on the classic smore by using red cookie icing to create bloody effect. With just four ingredients and a microwave, you can make these spooky smores is less than ten minutes. https://bit.ly/2OvqIS5

6. Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs

You can’t have Halloween without spiderwebs! What better way to incorporate them than by making it into something edible? This recipe is festive, flavorful, and fun to make. If you like chocolate covered pretzels and sprinkles, then this will be right up your alley! https://bit.ly/30Umh5S

How Prep Approaches Halloween:

At Prep Academy, we understand that Halloween is a very popular holiday amongst our students. Our staff prides themselves in ensuring the safety of our students during the Halloween season by providing many tips and safety precautions for our parents. We want our students to have memorable yet safe experiences inside and outside of the classroom as we approach the festivities.