It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new term of school. That means the midyear report card has come home, which might be a source of stress, a source of pride or a little of both. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says, this is a great time for parents and their children to have open and honest conversations about school.
“We always encourage parents to think of the midyear report card as much more than something they should read through and file away,” says Huntington. “The report card presents an opportunity to review children’s strengths, areas that need attention, study habits and so much more. Most importantly, this time of year is ideal for parents and children to talk about school.”
When reviewing the report card, Huntington offers parents these five tips:
Huntington reminds parents to reach out to their child’s teacher about the report card or attend midyear parent-teacher conferences. She adds the importance of being positive and keeping perspective. “Report cards might highlight trouble spots as well as areas of strength, but parents must remember that every student has ups and downs,” says Huntington. “One bad grade—or even several bad grades—does not define your child, and no problem is insurmountable. Whether your child is struggling a little or a lot, report card time is a ‘checkup’ and nothing to be afraid of.”
If your child had a difficult first half of the school year and you’d like to understand what’s going on more thoroughly, call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN. We’ll assess your child’s current skills and identify areas where he or she might need additional help to get back on track.