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We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk: Communicating with Your Child’s Teacher

One of the most important things you can do for your child in school is to communicate well with their teacher. The teacher will typically let you know how they prefer to communicate with you – by telephone, email, or even text. Feel free to let them know your preferred method of communication as well. Teachers are usually very happy to work with you, as they value that communication as much as you do. Try to make it to open-house night and conferences. The more face-to-face time you have with your child’s teacher, the easier it is to develop a relationship that makes it easier to talk when the tough conversations come up. Speaking of tough conversations, always try to remember that what your child tells you happened in school may be a misinterpretation or simple confusion. For instance, your child may come home crying that they didn’t get to ...
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Every Child is a Star

Every Child is a Star

Parents and Teachers Matter “What did you learn in school today?” This is a question many parents ask their children when they return home from school. Then there are daily lessons to look at, parent-teacher conferences and regular report cards – all showing what they’ve learned. Yet book learning is only a small part of what helps a person succeed in life. When I asked a kindergarten teacher, Miss Sailor, why she wanted to teach children that were so young, her answer surprised me. She said “I didn’t at first. I wanted to teach high school or college.” As our discussion progressed she told me that teaching kindergarten was her first full-time teaching position. She said “kindergarteners are like sponges”: They absorb everything that comes in their direction, both good and bad.  She realized she wanted to teach children at this age, so she could encourage them to have a ...
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