Starting with Preschool and continuing through High School, your child may have between 50 to 75 teachers depending on classes and activities. In addition, many, if not most teachers will change each year. Your child’s school or school district will do all they can to ensure continuity with their curriculum but in addition to many teachers, teaching experience and teaching styles will vary greatly. Who will pull all the learning together to ensure your child is building a strong academic foundation?
This is a question that is rarely discussed. That said, having such a person (You!) with a solid plan to help build this academic foundation can make a major difference in your child’s attitude towards learning and success in school. You are key in helping to build a strong academic foundation and continuity for your child.
Most teachers in your child’s life will come and go. Many will have a great impact. That said, you are there for the duration. Your willingness to get involved on a daily or regular basis, even before your child starts school, can have a long-term impact on your child’s academic confidence.
Challenge your Child can help you build on the great work teachers will do to educate your child. Open-ended questions will help you assess what your child knows, has been taught, or needs to learn. Follow-up questions will challenge further adding to your child’s depth of knowledge and understanding. Consistent use of these two question types can create the challenge and repetition opportunities needed to ensure your child has a greater understanding of any topic you choose to discuss or reinforce from schoolwork.
Please review Challenge your Child to learn how you, as a parent can use the skills within to help foster a positive and productive learning environment. Your regular involvement will create the continuity needed to help your child better understand how all they are being taught, by many teachers, can come together to help them excel in school and beyond.