How to bond with your child’s teacher

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MISSION, KS / ACCESSWIRE / July 22, 2022 / (Family Features) A ​​new school year can seem like uncharted territory for children, parents and teachers as they learn new things and meet unfamiliar faces. Building a relationship with your child’s teacher can help create a positive school experience for everyone involved. Additionally, teachers who connect with their classroom families help families feel seen, heard, and represented in the classroom.

“When parents and teachers connect, they can create a stronger support system,” said Tyreca Elliott of KinderCare’s education team. “Bridging the gap between home and school gives children continuity, improves academic achievement, and promotes children’s social and emotional well-being. When families and teachers work together, children can succeed.

Connecting with teachers opens lines of communication between home and school, allowing families to learn about their child’s day and helping teachers feel supported.

Consider these three tips from KinderCare teachers to help families bond and build trust and collaboration with their child’s teacher.

  1. Be intentional. Ruby Villarreal, a preschool educator of almost 30 years, offers to meet your child’s teacher before the first day of school to introduce your child and your family. Share your child’s past school experience, likes and dislikes, and any issues at home that may be impacting your child’s mood or behavior, such as a new brother or sister, a recent move or a divorce. Raise any concerns you may have, big or small. Your child is also the teacher’s priority, and he or she might have some tips and tricks to help you help your child.
  2. Communicate on communications. Drop-off and pick-up times can sometimes be too busy for more than a “hello” or “goodbye”. Ask your child’s teacher how they like to communicate and also share your preference. Let the teacher know if you would like a phone call during a lunch break for a quick update on your child or if you prefer to communicate via email or the school app.
  3. Make a big difference with Little Chats. During pickup or drop off, try to allow time for a brief conversation. It could be a quick chat about something fun your child did over the weekend or why they might be having a tough day. It could also mean asking, “What can I ask my child on the way home?” or discover activities you could do to help your child continue to learn at home.

“Learning is a partnership between families and school,” said Quiana Smith, a pre-kindergarten teacher of 15 years. “Your child will be excited about school and learning when they know you are too.”

To learn more about how to connect home and school, visit kindercare.com.

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