Are you having separation anxiety with your toddler? Is sending your tiny tot to school stressing you out? Would you like to know how to help your child in school?
If your answer is “yes” to any of the above, then forging a good relationship with your child’s nursery school teacher will surely help.
The school is like your child’s second home. It is where he or she will learn not only textbook lessons but also important things that will contribute to his or her developmental milestones. The school is where you should feel confident enough to send your precious little one to learn.
With such an important role in your child’s life, you should make an effort to create healthy relationships with your child’s teachers and or caregivers in school. Being able to establish rapport with your kid’s educational mentors will help considerably in school matters related to your child’s growth.
It doesn’t even matter if it’s a baby daycare centre, a toddler’s nursery school, or even a grade school or high school teacher. The point is that forming an amicable relationship can be valuable as your child continues to grow in that setting. These educators will be your partners in rearing your child to be the best version of himself or herself.
If you’re unsure on how to go about it, here are some simple but surefire steps on how to forge a bond with your child’s teacher:
1. Start Right
At the outset, make sure that you put your best foot forward. As soon as you formally introduce your child to school, properly introduce yourself to the teacher, as well. This will already put a face to the name that is registered in their books. Personal contact will also aid in establishing a connection and ideally, camaraderie between you and the teacher.
If you are unable to personally meet with the teacher, try to send a brief letter. Again, formally introduce yourself and offer your contact details should the teacher need to reach you. This will show your desire to be a helpful ally in the education of your child.
During the first few weeks of school, it will also help if you conscientiously read all the notes and handouts from the teacher. Some schools send a homeroom notebook home where they put all the announcements or write down specific concerns regarding your child. Take this opportunity to regularly reply to these messages, if needed.
2. Prepare for Parent Meetings
Attend school events as regularly as possible. This is a golden opportunity for you to get feedback from your child’s teacher regarding his or her performance in school.
Make sure that you prepare for one-on-one parent-teacher conferences. Arrive on time and have a list of questions or concerns ready. Come to the meeting with an open mind and listen to what the teacher has to say. Take this chance to ask how you can best contact them or if there are preferred times when you can reach out to them regarding school matters.
3. Resolve With Respect
There are times when your attention is called because of some conflicts or incidents in class. Try your best to come to school so you can properly resolve these. It is best to get first-hand information straight from the teacher’s mouth. It is also a perfect chance for you to find out the root of the matter. If there are other children involved, seek the assistance of the teacher or school administrator to mediate between you and the other party’s parents.
Should there be any negative feedback, such as if misbehaviour in class, ask for specific instances when and how it happened. Try not to readily jump to the defence of your child and see how you can objectively address the matter. If the situation concerns a teacher, see if you can ask a guidance counsellor or principal who can mediate the situation.
As much as possible, try not to lose your cool and approach the situation with a level head. Always try to be as respectful as you can so disputes can be settled amicably.
4. Communicate Effectively
Keep the communication lines open. That is why it is important that you leave your contact details with child’s teacher and vice versa. This way, it will be expedient for both parties to reach the other should a situation arise.
Listen to what the teacher has to say, whether it is through a written note, a phone call, or a face-to-face encounter. Also, remember to ask questions and do not hesitate to request more information if needed.
If your child is raving about a subject or how the teacher has made it so interesting, make sure to also send your appreciation. A simple thank you note or appreciation card will do.
5. Help Out
Should there be school events that entail parental participation, see if you can help out. Volunteer during family days, school outreach programs, or other similar activities.
If you cannot be physically present, ask the teacher if there is any other way that you can extend your assistance. For example, if you cannot be around for Art’s Month and they need parent volunteers, perhaps you can volunteer to supply recycled materials or art supplies for everyone’s use.
It’s Child’s Play
Creating a friendly relationship with your child’s teacher is easy if you are really sincere about it. If it means that your child will have a more enjoyable time in school, then by all means, make an effort to do so.
Building a respectful relationship with your tot’s teacher will not only enhance the school environment for your child but it will also show your kid your genuine concern for his or her welfare.
Child’s Play always welcomes feedback from parents about their kids’ education. If you have any concerns or queries, please let us know.