A new school year has begun and kids everywhere have started to learn new things from new teachers. This time of year can be intimidating for kids and a few poor marks or a misunderstanding of subject matter can begin a downward spiral that will be difficult to break later. By establishing a connection with the teacher(s) early, you can help to ensure your child’s success by giving the teachers a point of contact if any issues develop.
Meet the Teachers
Most schools have open houses and other opportunities that you can use to acquaint yourself with your child’s new teacher(s). Take these opportunities and use any online connections that the teachers distribute, as well. With email and social media connections, it is easier than ever to check in without taking a lot of time out of your day. Staying in touch in this way can help you to learn about any issues with learning that your child is having before real problems evolve.
Stay on Top of Assignments
By taking an active approach to staying on top of your child’s homework assignments and learning, you show your child that you are interested in what they are doing and open the door for them to ask you for help. If your child doesn’t ask for help, step back, as too much micromanaging can be counterproductive. If your child does ask for help, don’t hesitate to lend a hand if you are able.
With the new criteria, you may not understand your child’s work, so don’t hesitate to reach out to the teacher and involve them. Doing things this way will help your child to feel like people care to see them succeed. This can help to inspire confidence in your child and increase their chances of success. Treating learning difficulties as behavioral problems can lead to serious issues down the road.