Photo Credit: wonderopolis.org
How involved are you in your child's education? What if you were graded on your parental performance? How much of your children's academic performance is your responsibility? These were some of the questions that were asked at a recent luncheon I attended hosted by Wonderopolis. Wonderopolis, part of the National Center for Family Literacy, is an online resource helping parents and teachers enhance children’s education through discovery, learning and imagination.
At the luncheon, which featured iVillage’s own Kelly Wallace, we learned how 73% of parents in a recent iVillage.com survey think they should be held accountable for their child’s academic performance and how 65% of the kids entering school this year will end up in jobs that don’t exist yet, which is an amazing statistic. The room was filled with mom bloggers like me and editors from parenting sites, who were also asked to join the conversation.
As parents, we often feel hard-pressed to make sure we are doing everything right especially when it comes to our children’s education. Are we doing enough? Should we be doing more? What Wonderopolis tries to do is take some of that pressure off the parents and bring some of the fun back to learning for the entire family. Every day, the site posts a wonder question, such as, “What causes a shooting star?” and “What makes fireflies tinkle?” and “Who invented cotton candy?” It is questions like these that spark a child’s curiosity and inspire a teaching moment for both parents and teachers.
It is tools like Wonderopolis that are bridging the gap and taking education beyond the classroom. We all know that the teachers cannot do it alone and that parental involvement is key to the success of any child's education. Technology today has made it easier than ever for parents to log on and use these free online tools to enrich their children's learning and development.
Wonderopolis has also just launched “America's Wonder Year Adventure 2012,” and is searching for three families and two teachers to join the organization for a “Wonder Year.” The families and teachers will learn, play and grow together through wonder while they empower the Wonderopolis audience to do the same both online and offline. This year of adventure is open to the public and anyone can apply at www.wonderopolis.org/wonderyear. As someone who submitted an essay and video and became an iVoice on iVillage, where I share stories about issues I care about most, I encourage anyone who thinks they are interested to apply and to spread the word about the search to your families, friends and followers.
I have children in the public school system and know firsthand that it literally takes a village to make a public school succeed. The dedication of the parents and working together with the teachers are the only ways to keep your child's education, the school and the community thriving.
Andrea Fellman is an iVoice on iVillage and the editor of SavvySassyMoms.com. Follow Andrea on Twitter (@savvysassymoms)