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Parent-Teacher Relationships

Your child’s TK or kindergarten teacher plays a big role in her school success. It’s important that parents and teachers work together to support and help students be their best.

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Children learn 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 all parent-teacher conferences.

  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom and see what your child is learning firsthand!

Expert Tip: If your child is having trouble at school, 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.

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