Once the school year is in full swing, it can be tough to stay on top of what your child is doing in the classroom.
Beyond helping with daily homework, it can slip your mind that there may be other simple ways to get more involved in your child’s education. You know all about the benefits of learning to read early, and you may already have your child practicing daily literacy skills with Footsteps2Brilliance, but what more can you do? One excellent way to support your child’s overall educational development is to maintain open communication with his or her teacher. Read below for our tips on keeping a positive parent-teacher relationship.
Maintain a neutral tone
No matter what you need to discuss with a teacher, using non-threatening, supportive language is a good approach. In face-to-face communication, show your child’s teacher respect and refrain from accusatory statements or unfavorable gestures. Remember to follow the same standards when writing emails. Ask questions and refrain from making assumptions. Your child’s teacher will appreciate your effort to establish an open line of communication, so it’s wise to start off in a positive light.
As a parent, you’ve no doubt had to grow your patience muscles! In the same way that it’s necessary to exercise patience with your little one, it’s helpful to give the same treatment to teachers. They are often overwhelmed with daily tasks, so allow a few days to a week for them to respond to emails and phone calls. Offering to volunteer in the classroom or from home is also a great way to take some of the teacher’s burden away and demonstrate that you are understanding of the time constraints of the job. Be patient with the teacher, and your reward will be valuable, open dialogue!
Ask how your child can solve problems
Encouraging independence at a young age helps children grow more confident when they need to go out in the world without parental guidance. When they enter school, children get to practice being away from you for short periods of time. Since problem-solving skills are a big factor in developing independence, allowing children to work through academic and social difficulties on their own can enhance independence down the road.
Involve your child’s teacher in this growth process by communicating to the teacher that you want your child to persevere independently in the classroom. If the teacher knows your goals as a parent, the classroom environment is more likely to reflect your home environment.
Use Footsteps2Brilliance at home
If your child uses Footsteps2Brilliance in the classroom, making sure to also use it at home can further facilitate useful communication with your child’s teacher. With 15 digital libraries and many fun activities, the F2B app gives the teacher a concrete way to suggest how you can support your child’s literacy development at home. It also gives you a specific educational resource to discuss with the teacher and a way to track what’s going on in the classroom. Check out the Parent Resources in the app and ask your child’s teacher any questions you have about his or her progress.
You have the same goal that your child’s teacher does: to support his or her educational growth. Communicating frequently and effectively using the above tips can greatly improve your child’s experience at school!