Kids are back in school! So, what now? Take advantage of Back To School Night and ask your child’s teacher how you can continue to support your child at home. Here are some questions you can ask your child’s teacher:
- How can I support my child’s social/emotional well being?
- Can you recommend some books that help my child talk about their emotions.
- Do you have a feelings chart you use in school? I’d like to use it at home as well.
- Can you share your daily schedule with me?
- How can I support my child in math, reading, and writing?
- What strategies do you use in reading that I can use at home?
- In math, what counting strategies can I apply while helping my child with homework?
- Share a success story about my child.
These questions open up the conversation to learning more about your child as a student. It helps you, as the parent, learn what happens throughout the day. Ask your child’s teacher for resources. If you are not sure how to explain math to your child, ask the teacher to share some sample strategies used in the classroom. If your child struggles in reading, ask the teacher what are some strategies you can use at home to help your child. Covid has affected our little ones in different ways. It’s important that we take time to support them not only academically, but also emotionally. Teachers have so much insight into our children’s world. Asking these questions help parents have a bigger picture about your child as a learner.
Don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher how they are doing as well. Teachers do so much behind the scenes work. A little cafecito or special drawing from your child is always welcome too.
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Whether you are a parent or an educator, we can relate to the thought of wishing for the perfect book to helps us understand children of all ages. There are great books that can help parents and professionals understand children at various stages in their life . One of my favorite go to books is Yard Sticks Ages 4-14 by Chip Wood.
Chip Wood does a great job of explaining social development, cognitive development, and academic development. For example a four year old’s social development includes, needing opportunities to practice the same behavior over and over. One can’t expect a four year old to master a behavior on the first try. Academically, a four year old enjoys predictable books, read alouds, scribbles a lot and words are spelled phonetically.
Focusing on an 8 year old’s social development, they enjoy collaborating and boundaries are difficult to follow. Academically, they enjoy series chapter books, they work on deeper comprehension skills, write longer stories, their vocabulary improves, and they use compound words.
While observing fourteen year old’s, they begin to develop an adult personality. They are embarrassed by their parents and don’t like being lectured by their parents. Academically, thematic literature is great for helping them make text-to-self connections and text-to-world connections.
These are just a few examples of what you can find in Chip Wood’s book. Wood provides insightful information that can help parents and educators understand children better.
Wood, C. (2007). Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14. Massachusetts: Northeast Foundation For Children.