We live in a time where education for your child is not just limited to the classroom. Teachers and your child have their work cut out for them when they head into a new school year. There is assessing your child’s academic knowledge as soon as the school year begins. There are learning programs to be implemented in language arts, math, and science. Teachers must be aware of each of their students’ progress throughout the school year for anywhere from 20 – 35 students. Whew! This is a lot for the students to learn and for the teacher to accomplish!
All students learn differently and may need a little extra one-on-one studying at home with the parent. Such as learning alphabet letters and sounds, blending words, numbers and math strategies, handwriting skills, sight words, writing, or fluency reading. So it’s very important for a parent to keep an open communication with your elementary school teacher in case your child needs extra assistance in a particular learning area. Here are some communication tips to help you accomplish that.
Always Check Your Child’s Backpack, School Folder, or Agenda
Often schools supply their students with a school folder or a calendar agenda. School notes or special notifications from the teacher are inserted into the school folder, as well as homework assignments and classroom work. You definitely want to keep up-to-date on school and classroom happenings. When you check for school notifications, also review the completed work and keep an eye on how well your child is accomplishing classroom assignments.
Introduce Yourself to the Teacher
A few days after school has begun, if you find the teacher has a moment after class, introduce yourself and let the teacher know the best way to contact you. If you are a parent who enjoys helping out in the classroom, let the teacher know. Offer your email or cell phone number for questions or requests.
Send a Note
If you are working during your child’s school hours, slip a note into your child’s folder for the teacher. Introduce yourself, list the best way to contact you if the teacher has concerns, and inform the teacher of anything he or she may need to know about your child.
Sign up for Email Notifications or the Remind app
If your child’s teacher has an email newsletter or notification app the teacher utilizes such as Remind, sign up. You will be in the know of all classroom activities, special requests, assignments, or field trips ahead of time.
One Last Thing, Be Open-minded
Every teacher runs a classroom differently. One way of teaching, organizing, or communicating may work for one teacher, but not the other. Be patient and open-minded to the teacher’s teaching process with your child. Teachers realize your child is precious and loved by you, and it’s important to not get defensive if your child’s teacher offers some advice to help your child learn more effectively. Teachers want their students to succeed as much as you want your child to!
Parents and Teachers working together for the benefit of the child is a win-win for all! Offer open communication with your child’s teacher and your child will reap the benefits by having a supportive learning experience not only in the classroom but at home as well.
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