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Team Sports: The Secrets Behind a “Winning” School Year


Though you don’t spend the day in your child’s classroom ( although at this moment it may feel like you do), you’re an important part of it. A strong home-school connection sets the stage for school success. Parents and teachers are key players on kids’ learning teams!

Talking with your child’s teacher is a great opportunity to build this partnership and to help your child learn, grow, and thrive in the classroom learning environment.



QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ASK:


Talking openly will help you and your child’s teacher become year-long teammates. Consider asking:

* What are your goals for my child?

* What skills do you expect kids to learn throughout the year?

* How would you describe your teaching style?

* What can I do at home to help my child in school and how can I support her school success?

* What’s the best way to get in touch with you?



INFORMATION YOU MIGHT SHARE:


There are some facts that only you may be able to provide! Your child’s teacher will be better able to create a great classroom experience if he or she knows:

* Your child’s special strengths and talents

* What interests and motivates her

* Challenges he’s facing or ways in which he’s struggling

* Whether you speak another language at home (bilingualism is great for kids’ learning experience)

* Scheduling or logistical challenges you may face at home (such as issues with morning schedules)

* ...and family stories that can give your child’s teacher insights into your family’s culture.



...AND STAY INVOLVED ALL YEAR LONG!

* Check your child’s backpack, cubby, notes posted in the classroom, and the teacher’s website for information, updates, and notices for events.

* Consider joining a school parent group, and make connections with other families in your child’s class.

* Talk with your child about what she is doing in school. Extend the learning by visiting places in the community (such as libraries and museums).

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