So what do you do if your child’s report card is a concern? Parents all want to see their child succeed. When they come home with a report that is worrying it can leave you feeling hopeless, angry, confused and anxious. Here is 4 and 5 of the 6 things you can do when your child’s assessment comes home.
4. If there are areas where your child requires help or improvement, pick one thing that you feel you could tackle. One thing! If you focus on one thing and work on it with the child you will have an opportunity to succeed. If its reading you might decide that every evening the two of you will sit and go through all the words that are relevant at this time. But only put into practise one new procedure otherwise you may overwhelm the child. The goal is success, not to be inundated with more work.
5. If you have concerns, you need to contact the school. A good place to start is with the child’s teacher. However, if it’s the end of the year you may need to go straight to the head/principal. Ask the relevant questions. Don’t attack them but ask what is the way forward for your child. Do you need an outside assessment? What have they been doing? How are they tracking the results? If you don’t understand what they are saying don’t go until you do. You are your child’s advocate, no one else will do for them what you can. You are the one stewarding their life. The school has them for a good portion of the day but you are the one constant. Once an agreement with the school is made on the way forward, stay in close contact with them. That way if something is working you can ride that success together and if not then you won’t have wasted another year before the school picks it up again.