When the child was off to school, it is not only a transition for child but also the parents. It could be a frightening prospect to let your children out into the world, letting someone else to take charge of their learning and development. As a parent, I believe it is important to play an active role in your child’s education. Here’s some things I like to do be an appropriately hands-on parent without being too overbearing.
1. Come meet the teacher at the beginning of the school year. Many times schools will have a back to school night or some other similar activity where you can meet your child’s teacher or teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to get started out on the right foot and to express the concerns that you have early. It’s a good time to let the teacher know about any special needs that your child has if they have not been discussed already.
2. Check your backpack. Often, even young children will come home with forms or handouts from the teacher. This will help you know what is going on the school and what to talk to your children about when discussing school.
3. Attend parent-teacher conferences. These are
a great way to gauge how your student is doing and work out things out face-to-face that might not be easy to work with over the phone or through email. It is also easier for teachers to work with parents with whom they are more familiar.
4. Do not hesitate to contact the teacher with a concern. Most teachers are genuine genuinely pleased to have parental interaction. If you have a concern about your child, the best thing to do is to contact the teacher quickly. Make sure that you have all of the most up-to-date information about how to contact the teacher so that you can do this as the need arises.
5. Take interest in what your child is learning and help them practice. Find ways to incorporate the skills they’re learning at home and even set aside some time to help your child with whatever they’re working on. This will help them feel supported and will help you spot concerns early on.