- Make Time to Talk: Whether it's in person or by phone, find the time to have a meaningful conversation about your child's academic strengths and weaknesses, behaviors, and social skills.
- Take Notes: We know that as a parent you are very busy! Don't be afraid to write down suggestions given to you by your child's teacher so that you can refer back to them later.
- Keep an Open Mind: Be sure to listen patiently and remember that your child's teacher is trying to help, not blame or criticize your child. You know your child best, so don't be afraid to add in your own constructive feedback and ideas! Be sure to express yourself in a neutral or positive way, rather than getting defensive.
- Ask for Details: Ask for specifics so you can better address your child's needs. If your child's teacher says your child is struggling with phonemic awareness, be sure to identify what sounds are the most challenging. Find out if your child performs differently in whole group, small group, and individual settings. If your child is struggling with behavioral problems, ask if the behavior worsens during transition times, structured activities, station times, or free play.
- Find Solutions: Work with your child's teacher to identify the root(s) of the problem. Create an action plan based on your conversation, and be sure to also include your child in brainstorming a solution. Lastly, be sure to check back in with both the teacher and your child.
- Check out These Conversation Starters: Click on this link to find some helpful conversation starters! We really like: "What's a reasonable goal to set for my child?"
As the new school year approaches, parents have a new opportunity to establish a strong, collaborative relationship with their child's teacher. Below are some tips for getting the most of our your parent-teacher communication, especially when academic or behavioral issues arise:
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