Another way to keep that vulnerable self-image of your child healthy and shining is by immediately taking advantage of the programs and services that are in place for the purpose of ensuring every child’s success in school and beyond. This information is a follow-up from my last post: It’s Never to Late for a School Check Up. We as adults know that it is the joys of life that are the most sacred to us, and if the experience of learning is no longer a joy, we must back track and help our little scholars remove whatever road blocks they have encountered causing them to go off course. Sometimes the problem may be as little as helping a child improve his study skills by uncovering the best conditions for him to complete his schoolwork productively. Other times, changes in the family may cause a child’s attention and focus on schoolwork to suffer. Whatever the reason for concern, early intervention is the key to getting your child back on track.
We as the parents can never forget that what they are learning both at school, as well as at home today, will be essential to their successes of tomorrow! Children carry their experiences with them: their home experiences travel with them to school, and their school experiences travel with them back home. It is these experiences that will shape their maturing character.
Many schools have a host of resources that are often under utilized because parents don’t realize how accessible and useful these tools are! Whether a child’s area of need is academic, social, emotional, or developmental, there are caring professionals who are ready to assist you so that you don’t have to address these concerns on your own. Since children are usually great at reporting the facts you don’t want to know or don’t want them to share, but are not so good at reporting what you DO need to know, it’s a great idea to make use of some fun ways to learn about their experiences while you are away from them.
Here are 4 pain free ways to learn about your child’s days at school and/or daycare:
1. Draw a picture. Don’t be too specific, just ask them to draw a picture of themselves during a normal day in school/daycare and see what they come up with. Ask them to describe the drawing.
2.Read a story about school. Usually, there is a good book in your at-home-library that will break the ice for you when the topic of school is brought up. If not, your local library may have a copy of one of these great titles: Adventures at Walnut Grove, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, Emily’s First 100 Days of School.
3.Role-playing is a great way to learn more about your child’s thought processes. We do this all the time with our children without even realizing it. Each time we sit down for a cup of pretend tea, or play out our favorite movie scenes, we are role-playing. Only, this time it serves a much more meaningful purpose: for you to uncover a concern that you or a teacher has identified.
4.Share questions or concerns with the lead teacher or a school counselor. I think we can all agree on the fact that not all teachers are as approachable as others. That is the same with most professionals. However, the bottom line is your child’s welfare. It’s easier now than ever before, thanks to e-mail, to find and contact the person or people you need to speak to and schedule a face-to-face or phone conference for your child to begin getting the help he needs.
I remember very well the times that I was the parent in need of assistance. It was reassuring to know that my child’s teacher and I were both on the same page. It was only after I took the initiative to ask the teacher further questions that progress began to occur. Teachers often look for signs that tell them if you are a parent who is fully invested in the education and well-being of their student. Once the lines of communication fully open, it’s amazing how much more everyone gains from the school year, especially, your child!