1. Talk to your child.
In terms of school, ask your child how things are going with school and what subjects are their most and least favorite. Ask what they wish would happen so that the rest of the school year is awesome. Find out what he or she thinks are their areas of strength and need. Then share that information with his or her teacher. (More on this in #3.)
Ask about their friends and classmates. Decide if their extra-curricular activities are working out or not. Find out any help is needed with school and friends.
Does your child need you to check in every night? Does your child need to pack his or her backpack each evening before bed? Does your child need to spend less time with a certain friend? What can you, as a parent, do to help?
2. Get organized.
Help your child organize their backpack and folders. Clean out all of the old so there’s room for the new.
Go through your family folders, emptying out the papers you no longer need. If you have a central “command station” in your house (usually your kitchen, mud room, or office area), clean it out.
Replenish your child’s school supplies, tend to broken binders, run the lunchbox through the washer. Make sure that everyone — and every thing — is geared up to begin the New Year fresh and ready to learn.
3. Send an email to your child’s teacher.
Make it short and sweet and simply ask if there’s a time you can chat about your child’s progress. Perhaps it’s over the phone, or maybe it’s in person. Maybe email is best.
Share with the teacher what your child told you about his or her needs, and see what you all can do to make it happen. You are a team when it comes to your child’s education; you must all work together to ensure your child’s school success. Make sure the teacher knows that you’re here to help!
Before we know it, we’ll be wrapping up the school year, so don’t let January pass by without adding these three important topics to your to-do list!
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