Starting the School Year
It’s the beginning of the year and most parents are hoping for a smooth and productive year, and so are teachers. The best thing a parent can do to ensure that the year gets off to a great start is to model the energy and behavior they hope to see in their child. We must lead by example. We cannot expect our children to be excited if we are not. Whatever we give out we receive. They feel your energy, they assess your mood, then they internalize everything, pack it up and bring to the classroom. Therefore, be mindful of the energy and attitude that is transmitted to young learners.
Meet the Teachers & Stay Connected
Many teachers use various forums to stay connected throughout the year. It seems to be the easiest way to disperse information to parents during the busy work week. Also, it allows parents access to information instantly while giving each parent the privilege of accessing the information when they are ready to read it and process it. Technology is a quick and easy way to stay connected with teachers. Teachers love it when parents want to help improve the educational experience of his/her child. So do your best to stay connected throughout the year.
Plan for Success
Your child’s previous academic year serves as valuable data for this year. Take some time to review their last report card. What were some weaknesses? What were some strengths? Do you notice any patterns? Do his/her grades drop around the same time of the year? Once you’ve identified some key patterns, set an action plan. Be specific in how you will approach these possible issues. Prevention is easier than cure. If you catch the roadblocks ahead of time and find an alternative route, you will avoid major pitfalls. Consider all of your options in terms of support. Do you need to create a schedule for studying? Is there after school tutoring at the school? Do you need to consider extended support such as an outside tutor? Whatever you decide, keep your child’s best interest at the forefront. Include them in the decision-making process so that they are invested in their learning experience. Remember lead with love and excitement, it’s contagious. Have a great academic year!