Community connections affect the outcome of academic and social success of the whole child just as much as any other educational principle; whether the child experiences learning at a high level or have challenges along the way. Helping children take what they have learned outside of the home and classroom in order to apply it to real world experiences will aid in their overall success. The application of acquired skills are added measures in today’s fast paced society. It is challenging for families alone to provide their children with every aspect of learning opportunities that allow for proper community connections. Therefore, partnerships with family, school, and community can support not only exceptional learners but all learners to acclimate to their community and surroundings.
As children struggle to find their place within their school, it becomes easier knowing that their family is also connected to the school and the community in which they learn. To become active members of the school community, parents may volunteer for special programs, communicate regularly with teachers, or chaperone a trip. Utilizing community programs will also offers and avenue for making connections. Participating in local programs offered by the parks and recreation department in your area allows a child to make friends and connect on a new level.