OFF AND RUNNING?
It is important that you help your child get off to a good start this school year. Here are six ways that might help you get started.
- Get to know your child’s teacher as soon as possible. You know your child best. Share your knowledge with the teacher. Does your child have a special interest? Are there areas where you see your child needing special help? Don’t wait until parent conference time to make that all-important contact.
- Don’t hesitate to speak with the teacher about sensitive issues. Remember that what goes on at home can affect the student’s performance in the classroom. Indeed, parental separation, a new baby, family illness, or even a change of residence, can have a harmful effect on a student’s schoolwork.
- Please make certain that your child gets enough rest. Tired children cannot do their best work. Consistency is the key here: Set a bedtime hour, and stick to it.
- Be familiar with what the school expects of your child, e.g., how much homework will there be?
- Limit television watching. Study after study concludes that those children who do the best in school watch the least TV.
- Please don’t hesitate to telephone me here at the Guidance Department if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help you resolve your problems.