It’s that time of year where it’s time to meet the teachers, make nice and hope you can get along for the rest of the school year.
It’s stressful. You hope you like your kiddos teacher. You hope they like your kiddo and bond and have a great relationship and challenge them to excel.
Here are some ways you can foster a great relationship with your childs teacher:
Write a letter to the teacher introducing your child, stating what you want your kiddo to learn during the year. Capture their strengths and weaknesses, areas to improve. And things your child likes.
Resources – Asking teachers to talk to your child’s previous teacher is a good resource. This is super important if you have special needs kids, kids with IEP or 504 plans.
Open communication – Share your email address. If you need work out a plan for weekly/bi-weekly status update on how your child is doing.
Volunteer – Not all parents can volunteer in the classroom, but if you can help out, do. If you can’t, that’s ok. Maybe there are things you can take home and work on.
Supplies – Send in supplies that the teacher needs. Some schools are limited on funds the teacher can spend on supplies. Teachers end up spending out of their own pocket for supplies. Can you imagine having to do that for you job? Help out if you can.
Principal – Get to know the principal too. It’s good to have a working relationship with your principal BEFORE issues happen. You don’t want them to know you on a first name basis just because of negative incidents.
Encourage – the biggest thing you can do is to encourage and cheer your child on in their classroom. Help them with their home work, rally behind them and be the biggest cheerleader you can be for them. It will really make a difference in how they see themselves and school.