Students are most successful in school when their parents and teachers collaborate on their education. You may have known that this includes teaching at home and helping with reading and homework, but did you know one of the most helpful things you can do is simply communicate with your child’s reading teacher?
Keeping your teacher informed on these seven key areas of your child’s life and personality will improve the likelihood that your child is a proficient reader:
1. Changes at Home
If your child is going through a major life change, such as a big move, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one, it’s important to let your child’s reading teacher know. He or she can become a part of the team who is proactively monitoring for changes and initiating open discussions early.
2. Health Conditions
Whether your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, asthma, or a serious allergy, it’s important that anybody in your child’s daily life is made aware so he or she can work to keep to your child safe and help your child function at the highest level.
When a reading teacher understands your child’s strengths and weaknesses, it empowers the educator to develop lesson plans that spend more time focusing on the areas that are most challenging to your child.
4. Learning Style
You likely know how your child learns best, whether its by doing it with their hands, watching a demonstration, reading a text, or hearing it explained out loud. When you share this information with your child’s reading teacher, they can begin teaching in a way that makes the most sense for your child.
Tell your child’s reading teacher as much as you can about their personality, including any behavior issues or personality traits that can make learning difficult, such as extreme shyness or perfectionism.
6. Hobbies & Interests
Teachers often play on children’s interests to develop relationships and gain the child’s interest and attention during a lesson. If your daughter is a die-hard Frozen fan and you’ve shared this information with her reading teacher, it may serve as the perfect icebreaker before a new lesson.
7. Study Habits
Share your child’s study habits with his or her reading teacher; sometimes teachers can give parents pointers to make the process more successful.
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