Can you believe we are already approaching Parent Teacher conferences? If this is your first year attending them, it can seem overwhelming. What if my child isn’t making friends? What if he is being disruptive? What if he is struggling academically? All of those thoughts crossed my mind. The truth was, he was struggling academically. I had to think outside the box to help my very technical, hands on, 5 year old. That can be scary, especially when it comes to your first go with a school-ager. Here are some tips that I found helpful.

  • Talk to the teacher! I don’t know if my son would have grown as much without his fantastic kindergarten teacher. I don’t know if I would have kept my sanity without her support. She and I became a team because we both had the same goal. Our end game was to see my kiddo overcome his challenges. We touched based at least once a week to discuss his progress.
  • Figure out how your child learns. Some kids, like my son, retain information best when they are working with their hands. We incorporated so many activities into homework. We formed letters out of play-doh to spell sight words. We wrote words in shaving cream on a cookie sheet. Other children are more auditory learners. When learning new subjects, it can be helpful to explain the material first, teach them, and follow it up with a summary of the topic. Brainstorming out loud can help them process information.
  • Applaud their successes. It is SO important to remember that everyone learns at their own pace. Praising children for even ‘smaller’ accomplishments motivates them to work hard. Make a reward chart. Be sure reaching the prize is attainable while still pushing their goals. You can always adjust this as the year goes on.

 

At the end of the day, remember…you’ve got this, mama!