Getting information from experts in a field is the best way to make sure you know what you’re doing. If your toilet is broken, you’d ask a plumber what to do. If you need real estate market information, you’d talk to a broker. If you want some back to school tips for you or your child it’s best to ask a teacher. So, that’s exactly what we did.
What’s the best tip for a child going back to school?
Be open to change and most of all prepared. Meet your teacher before the first day of school. Go a few days earlier and introduce yourself. Ask about the daily subject blocks and get an idea of what subjects you have. Keep in mind it’s going to be fun.
What about for a parent?
It’s pretty much the same. Take your children to meet their teacher. You should have met or at least talked to your child’s teacher well before the open house. If your kid has Special needs either as a gifted student or one that needs more attention; It’s important to get those children an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Ask how you can best help your child with homework or field trips. It means the world to teachers when a parent is engaged. It’s very impressive. I used to put out a letter at the beginning of the year to invite parents to come sit in on a class. Do things like that.
What’s the one thing a child can not forget to bring on the first day?
A backpack because you’ll be taking lots of stuff; Lots of handouts and supplies.
What’s the one thing parents can not forget to do for their child this school year?
Look in your child’s backpack every single day. You may have a permission slip or homework that they didn’t tell you about. Teachers always give work back so check to see how your student is doing. If your child is struggling, call the teacher but it starts with opening up that backpack.
Any other inside tips?
Have an open channel of communication with the teacher. When there is a problem with a child, parents need to remember teachers are on their side. The teacher wants to do whats best for the child and there is no opposition. Everyone is working for the best interest of the child.