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Things to Ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences

At Smart Kids Development Center, we encourage and emphasize parental involvement as a foundational part of our child care programs. Whether it’s daycare or preschool, you’re encouraged to visit and participate in the programs your children are involved in.

Another time where your input is particularly appreciated, and hopefully vice versa, is during yearly parent-teacher conferences. We want to work together with parents to provide the sort of environment children deserve, and getting on the same page during conferences an important step. Here are a few important question areas you should consider asking at your next conference.

Behavior and Engagement

Some children might behave very differently at home than they do at school, and teachers may have a very different viewpoint of a child’s behavior. Some may have issues sitting during certain lessons, or may actually be more controlled at school than they are at home.

Asking these kinds of questions opens up the teacher to feel comfortable being realistic. If there are issues, they can be presented in an organic and constructive way.

Social Interactions

This is another area where behavior at home might be very different from what happens around a child’s peers. Children form their most meaningful social relationships at school, and their supervisors are often in the best position to see exactly how this happens. They can give you insight on your child’s social habits – how they get along during playtime, how they handle disappointment and how they interact with the opposite gender. These bits of knowledge can help you as a parent, as well.

Future Goals

Our teachers are always setting out goals for the future, and you getting involved in these as a parent is great. You can help keep them focused and give them helpful reminders, plus track their own motivation levels when they don’t have a teacher breathing down their neck.

How Can I Help?

Teachers are here to help parents in the child rearing process, and vice versa. A conference is a great time to find out what you can be doing at home to help bolster the learning experience. This might be something as simple as helping with homework more often, or a broader behavioral theme to address. Having all the most important adult figures in the child’s life on the same page here can go a long way.

To find out more about how we emphasize parental involvement, or to learn about any of our programs, speak to the educators at Smart Kids Development Center today.