Teachers play a critical role in your child’s preschool experience and school success. That’s why it’s important for you and your child’s teacher to have good communication so you can both support your child.
Children do best when parents are actively involved in their education. That’s why school-home collaboration is key. Even if you’re busy and short on time, there are some simple ways to support your child’s teacher and preschool education:
Introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to the teacher on the first day of class.
Check in with the teacher through conversations at school, e-mail, written notes, or phone calls to stay up-to-date on how your child is doing.
Ask the teacher to let you know right away if your child’s behavior or skills change or if there are any concerns about your child.
Stay informed about the latest developments at your child’s school by reading newsletters, going to open houses, and attending parent-teacher conferences.
Volunteer in your child’s classroom if possible and see what your child is learning firsthand!
Expert Tip: If your child is having trouble at preschool, ask the teacher to set up a daily or weekly communication log to keep track of what is happening with your child every day. The log can be as simple as a happy or sad face for the different parts of the day with a note explaining both challenges and accomplishments. That way, you can talk about what is happening with your child and work with the teacher to support any in-class strategies at home too.