Top things that a parent can do to help develop communication with your child's teacher
Being prepared for school is the number one thing that you can do for your child's Education. Studies show that children do better in school, when there is an active involvement from the parents. There are number of ways that parents can do this:
- First Impressions
Make sure to attend the Welcome Meeting at the beginning of the year-this is your first contact with your child's new teacher and your first opportunity to let your child's new teacher get to know you and your family.
Once School starts, maintain close communications with the teacher, make sure to find out from your child's teacher, (every teacher will be different), the most convenient ways to communicate with them.
Teachers always need help. Let your child's teacher know that you would like to volunteer in some capacity. Most of the time, depending on the teacher's needs and your interest and availability you can find something, however minuscule, to help with.
Become involved in your local PTO (parent-teacher organization). You will have added opportunities to communicate with teachers, and be better informed when you participate in the PTO's activities and events.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are the best chances to talk one-on-one about your child. The best way to ensure a productive parent- teacher conference is to have a written list of your concerns to take to these meetings.