There are an infinite amount of ways to prepare your child for school.
Of course, there are the bases that everyone parent should supply, like basic supplies, teaching them how to behave in the classroom, and getting your child excited to learn.
But the truth is there are only so many things to do that a parent can think of when it comes to shipping off their child to a relative stranger for six hours. It can be stressful for parents sometimes, so we at Educents spoke to some teachers to get a list of the tips that teachers want parents to know.
1. Engage with learning outside of the classroom
A child never stops learning. Even though the first thing they might do when they get home is turn on the tv or start playing video games, their mind is incredibly active. The hours between after school and bedtime are a valuable resource where you can do things like help with homework, discuss what was learned that day, or something as simple as reading a book to them and discussing themes of the book or how it made them feel.
2. You were your child’s first teacher
While it’s true you didn’t raise them in a classroom, it’s important not to forget that you have been teaching your child since the moment they were born. You shape how they listen, when they ask questions and what their favorite ways to learn are. The teacher that you are lending your child to will have to do their best to work with your child, and they might be a different kind of teacher than you would, but that’s ok.
3. Don’t discredit yourself
It’s no secret that children often mimic the actions and ideas of their parents, and that sometimes you can, without knowing it, negatively influence your child. One teacher we spoke to says she often hears children saying that they are “not a math person,” because it is something that their parent also has trouble with. It’s easy to gloss over ideas you are unfamiliar with as a parent, but it’s important to let your child come into their own. Everyone learns differently, and maybe your child is actually a math superstar!
4. Sometimes there’s a difficult conversation to be had
Sometimes your child makes a mistake. It happens to the best of them, and almost every student needs to be disciplined at some point. What’s important to know is that if a teacher comes to you and tells you they need to talk with you about your child, you should listen. It’s their job to make sure your child can take on the world, and if they’re doing the extra work to talk to you after hours, then it’s an important conversation that needs to be had.
5. They love your children
As one teacher puts it “Perhaps we don’t love them as much as they do (or as much as we love our own), but they will ALWAYS hold a special place in our hearts after they’ve been a student in our classroom.” And if you think this isn’t true, think back to your favorite teachers. Years later you could see them on the street and have a great conversation with you.