This could be an entire book, so we’ll stick to our punch list of most relevant, daily issues.
- Teacher interaction – There are clearly more and less effective communication methods with your child’s teacher, especially when issues arise. Tip: Be prepared. Position your thoughts very carefully, especially when you have criticism to share. Teacher-student relationships are 9 months long, and you don’t want to jeopardize anything by losing your cool about school!
- Helpful Resources – Check out our Afternoon Transport grid (PDF) – you can fill it in weekly or monthly or as often as you have changes. Kids go in lots of different directions (bus, carpool, play date, sports), and this is a quick, easy way to keep your child’s schedule organized for the teacher. Our Carpool Grid (PDF) helps organize complicated carpools.
- Getting involved –make your limited time count the most for yourself and your child. If you have the time, becoming a room parent or committee chair is a great way to give back to your school!
- Options – public/private/other – School choice is a very personal decision, and certainly is not a one size-fits all type of thing. Different kids require different types of support. I’ve found the public school system to be outstanding in our area, but I know every state is different. One thing is for sure – an involved & educated parent is the best formula hands down. Ask questions. Research local resources. Advocate for your child when appropriate!