Maintaining open lines of communication with your child’s teacher will equip you both to meet the educational and social-emotional needs of your son or daughter. U-GRO teachers typically have full days planned for their students, but we believe there is always time for communication with parents. Here are three tips to help you open the door to meaningful discussions with your child’s teacher.
1. Beginning a parent-teacher partnership
At the beginning of your child’s enrollment or transition to a new classroom, reach out to your child’s teacher. Get to know the teacher as a person. At drop off or pick up, give yourself a few minutes to ask about his or her hobbies, family, and why he or she loves teaching. This simply shows your interest, which can also be a great way for you to share a little bit about yourself with him or her too.
As you begin building this relationship, share important information that you would like the teacher to know about your child. At U-GRO, you’ll fill out information like your child’s favorite hobbies or family traditions on a “Getting to Know You” sheet that the teacher provides, but you can also share additional information directly with him or her. Feel free to mention any age-appropriate goals you may have for your child’s education or development.
Remember that your child’s teacher may be busy supervising the classroom at drop off or pick-up, so sending a note can be a good form of communication. The note can include questions, provide information, or let the teacher know you are excited for your child to be in his or her classroom.
2. Working together
Creating a team with your child’s teacher helps you both find solutions quicker as educational or social concerns may pop up. It is important that you inform your child’s teacher of the following things:
- Any family changes that may be going on at home
- A specific topic that your child may be having problems with
- Abnormal behavior you have been noticing in your child
- New habits your child has developed
- Milestones your child has achieved
- Changes in your son or daughter’s schedule
Your teacher is also highly invested in your child and will provide the same type of feedback from his or her day. If the teacher raises a concern, it is necessary to stay calm as he or she is expressing a concern so you can work together on a solution. Try listening with an open mind to avoid jumping to conclusions. By listening to the teacher’s concerns, you will be able to help your child more effectively. Once the concern is addressed, develop a plan with the teacher to maintain consistency between school and home.
3. Staying in touch
After you have an established relationship with your child’s teacher, staying in touch is easy. You can touch base by dropping a note to say hello or to say thanks for his or her hard work. You can encourage teachers by letting them know when your child enjoyed a particular learning activity. Teachers love to hear from their students’ parents.
In addition to writing these small notes, you can expect a few moments at drop off or pick up to review your child’s day or week with the teacher. If the time at drop off and pick up is too busy, ask to schedule a time with your child’s teacher to meet.
As your son or daughter’s education journey continues, keep building new relationships with his or her teachers. To learn more about our early childhood education centers, feel free to request more information. If you are interested in becoming a U-GRO teacher, please review our open positions and apply today.