Thanks to all of you who were able to make it out to Avoca West last night for our annual Parent Curriculum night. It was wonderful seeing so many of your faces and to feel the positive energy that accompanies the beginning of a new school year. If only Mother Nature would comply and show up with some cooler weather next time!
I hope you all feel comfortable reaching out to your child’s teacher now or anytime during the school year to ask questions, to discuss concerns, or to celebrate your child’s growth. One of the struggles with being a working parent is missing out on several key events for my own kiddos — such as Curriculum Night for my own children. Thankfully, “Super Dad” brought home handouts and survived the my inquisition about all things 2nd and 5th grade! One of the gems that I took from my son’s teacher is smile-worthy and a wonderful reminder of how we can support our children at home — without pulling our hair out!
TO HELP YOUR CHILD — Take from Ms. Musich’s 2nd grade Classroom
- Help figure out your child’s HOMEWORK STYLE. What works best for him (and also your family schedules)? Is it right after school? After he has a snack or play a bit? After dinner? Ask for his input. Children are more likely to buy into the SCHEDULE if they helped establish it!
- Have a place for SUPPLIES of her own.
- Establish a routine such as where the BACKPACK is put, where the contents are emptied, where important school papers and notes to you go, etc. (And be consistent to build the routine for both your child and for you!)
- Discuss CONSEQUENCES if work is not done. Don’t make it a battle. If he knows the consequences and still chooses to ignore the work, let the consequences take place! It was, after all, his choice! You can always write the teacher a note and include the unfinished work…the teacher can take it from there.
- Go over INSTRUCTIONS patiently to make sure she understands. (**This is especially tricky for us at the Hutchison House!) If they are still confused, call a classmate or jot a note to the teacher.
- Have your child DO HIS OWN HOMEWORK! Avoid doing the work for him! It should be CHECKED OVER and you can help your child make the corrections needed. If it proves to be too difficult, jot the teacher a note and have him finish the parts he DOES understand.
- Be a positive “coach!” You may have to give PEP TALKS and explain how the work is worth doing.
- Celebrate struggles and the effort that it takes to get through them. This grows a mindset that will build resiliency for future tasks and for years to come!
Please know that your children are in fabulous hands and that we appreciate your partnership. Enjoy the rest of the week, and stay cool!