It’s almost the end of the school year and by now we have established our routines, and gotten so comfortable that our children are running on auto-pilot. Although that may be true, kids need an adult to keep track of them and make sure they aren’t slacking or falling behind.
As a teacher, I have noticed that many parents have started to slack off a bit on monitoring their children’s education and I would like to create awareness of this. A student with an involved parent is so much more successful than a student who doesn’t have support at home. That’s why I have come up with 3 simple tips to get the best out of your child at school.
Stay in the Loop
Most, if not all teachers now have a method of communicating with all parents through an app. Use this to your advantage! Make an effort to message them once every month or so to ask how they are doing academically and socially.
These apps are a great way to stay up to date with things that are happening at school or in their classroom. It’s imperative you check this periodically since things can change from one day to another due to COVD-19.
** Don’t have a tech-savvy teacher? No Problem. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Call the school and ask for their email address. Every teacher knows how to use that. Schools also have a website with all the information you may need to know.
Have Conversations With Your Child About their School Life
You’d be surprised to know how much you can find out about your child’s school life by having a simple conversation. Start this tradition early on in their school life so they get used to talking about school-related things.
I like to take advantage of when my daughter gets in the car. I ask her right away and ask her open-ended questions instead of yes or no questions. For example, instead of asking “Did you have a good day?” I ask, “What was your favorite part of the day?”
Check their Backpacks
Words can not express how important this is, especially if you have a child under 7. As a kindergarten teacher, I wish my student’s parents were more aware of this. With how finicky things are now with COVID, we are not allowing students to share school supplies, so it is imperative to make sure your child comes with all the materials required by their teacher to set them up for success.
We can all agree that this school year hasn’t been any better than the last one, but the way that the parents handle situations like this will make a difference for their child’s future.
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