There’s a lot of evidence that shows positive communication between parents and teachers helps to improve the academic performance and confidence of children. You don’t need to wait for parent-teacher meetings to start communicating with your child’s teacher. You can reach out right at the beginning of the school year to start building a solid relationship. Keep in mind that it can take some time to get comfortable sharing information.
Let’s explore some of the reasons why it’s important to communicate with your child’s teacher.
Why you should communicate with your child’s teacher
- Promoting proactive hard work
When your child witnesses a positive connection between their parents and teachers, they automatically want to become more invested in their school goals. This is because they see that both parties are invested in their development.
- Addressing problems early
Being unaware of problems in the classroom or on the playground can lead to bigger concerns later on. Communicating with your child’s teacher allows you to understand any issues early on, and address them or seek further help should it be needed.
- Cultivating respect in the classroom
Children are highly observant. When they notice that their parents respect their teachers and are proactive about the happenings in the classroom, they will develop a high level of respect for their educators. In turn, this may help them follow school instructions better.
- Enhancing social development
Communication is a social skill that is learned passively. When your child observes you positively communicating and building a relationship with their teachers, they learn to have successful interactions with others.
How and when to talk to your child’s teacher
When talking to your child’s teacher, it’s important to be as open and honest as possible. Discuss your child’s interests, challenges and any concerns. It’s also important to ask questions if you want more information.
Don’t wait until the middle of the year’s parent-teacher meeting to meet your child’s teacher. Use the opportunity at the start of the year to introduce yourself and start building a healthy relationship early on.