First quarter ends next week for our most of our local area schools. (How does time fly by this quickly?) Now’s the time to assess your child’s start for this school year, and make any needed adjustments. It’s the right time to determine what’s working and what’s not working, to help your child succeed in school.
As we end the first quarter, where are we?
Ask yourself that question, for each child in your family. Think about the answer from three perspectives — yours, your child’s, and your child’s teachers. Outlined below are things to consider as you reflect on this first quarter of the new school year.
- What did (do?) you want for your child in this school year? Are the goals you had in mind (way back in August!) still the right ones for you and your child? With the first quarter almost done, there is still 75% of the year remaining, and plenty of time for adjustments.
- How are your family’s dynamics? Are there new changes in your family or home situation that should be considered as you continue in this school year?
- How’s your stress level? Should you consider any changes in your regular routines for homework, sports, meals, or bedtimes, or in other areas?
Your child’s view
- What does your child say about school, and how do they say it? Are they resisting school or a particular subject? Where do they appear confident, and where are they worried?
- When you have quiet time with your child, what do they want to talk about? Are they feeling good about their school situation, or are there questions you want to ask your child’s teacher to learn more?
- What does your child say about their progress during the first quarter? Do they feel like they are learning? Where do they feel confident, and where are they struggling?
Your child’s teacher
- Does your teacher provide specific assessments for your child’s progress in the first quarter?What does written information from your child’s teacher tell you? Where are your child’s areas of confidence, and where do they need more support and growth?
- How does your child’s teacher describe your child’s progress? Sometimes parents need to encourage teachers to be open and transparent. Remember to support your teacher so they will be as candid as possible. It’s in your child’s best interest for you to know what the teacher thinks about their progress, even if it’s not all good news.
A Step Ahead can help
As you absorb input from these different perspectives, consider what you want to keep doing, and what you want to change. Also, consider if adding a private tutor would help your child gain confidence and skills. Our private tutors are exceptional, caring educators who want to support your child as an individual and meet them exactly where they are.
If working with a private tutor might help your child, contact us. We are happy to meet with you, free of charge and with no obligation. By listening, we can help you sort through what you are observing in your child and hearing from your child’s teachers. We can help you decide how to support your child in the best way possible, whether or not that involves adding a private tutor to your team. No obligation and no pressure! We would love to meet you and hear your story.