For your child to enjoy the greatest academic experience possible, it’s so important to form a solid relationship with your child’s teacher, even if they are only in preschool. The following tips will help you form stronger bonds with your child’s teachers all throughout their academic career.
Not only do parent-teacher relationships help you stay in the loop, but also, they benefit and even help motivate your child. Kids whose parents are more involved with their education tend to score higher on exams, and show increased motivation to learn. Here are some tips to get closer with your child’s teacher, no matter if they are in preschool or 12th grade.
Building A Strong Bond With Your Childs Teacher
#1. Say “Hi” at Registration
If you have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher before the first day of school, for instance at registration, take advantage of it. First impressions stay with us, and this gives you all a chance to get to know one another before the first day of school. This is your chance to share a little bit about your child, as well as any issues or concerns your child’s teacher should be aware of.
Bonus perk, it’ll reduce your child’s nerves going into the first day of school if they already know who their teacher is.
#2. Get There Early on the First Day of School
Drop your child off early on their first day of school so that you have a chance to introduce yourself and child to the teacher. Keep in mind, a lot of parents are planning to do the same thing, so try to get there as early as possible so you have enough time.
#3. Attend Every Open House
Try to attend every Open House or event where the teacher is present. This is another opportunity to strike up a connection and even establish a direct line of contact with your child’s teacher. Additionally, it shows your child that you are invested in their education and care about their success.
#4. Volunteer in the Classroom
Let your child’s teacher know you are available to volunteer for field trips, classroom activities, or simply grading and passing back papers. It doesn’t matter what you do in the classroom, more importantly, it’s that you are there. Your involvement provides valuable support to your child, while simultaneously helping you to develop a closer relationship with your child’s teacher.
#5. Be Open & Honest with Your Child’s Teacher
Open up to your child’s teacher about any issues they are experiencing, even if the issues are personal or taking place in the home. The more a teacher knows about your child, the better they can tailor activities to their needs. If your child starts to act out, this gives the teacher a better understanding of why they might be doing so, and as a result, they can respond in the best way possible.
#6. Bring the Classroom Home with You
Enriching, creative and educational activities shouldn’t be reserved to the classroom. You can keep your child learning, and loving it, at home. Simply helping your child complete his or her homework assignments is a great way to get involved from home.
Since preschool kids don’t usually have homework, try asking your child what they are learning in school. You can use this information to create fun at-home activities that further build upon these concepts. For instance, if your child says they are learning about colors, grab some paints and show your child how to mix colors together to make another color.
You can always reach out to your child’s teacher and ask what sort of things your child could use extra help with at home. When you and your child’s teacher work together, it’s easy to see how no height is too great to climb.
We Believe Teachers Should Make an Effort Too
It’s equally important for teachers to participate in forming great connections with parents. There are a variety of ways they do so. Around here, we help facilitate parent-teacher relationships in any way we can. For instance, we regularly host special events that give parents a chance to come hang out at school with their child, his or her peers, and teacher.
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