The school year has reached the halfway mark, which means it is report card time. Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while some parents and children dread this time of year, report cards present an opportunity to make adjustments if needed and get children back on track. “The midyear report card is a great chance for parents to assess their children’s strengths, weaknesses, progress and study skills,” she says. “Parents should open the lines of communication with their children and children’s teachers and guidance counselors and formulate a plan for the rest of the year to address any parent concerns.”
The school year is now in full swing and it’s natural for both children and their parents to quickly settle into autopilot mode. However, Elieen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center cautions parents to pay attention to any academic warning signs that appear early in the school year. “Many students experience ups and downs, but parents should watch for indicators of larger issues,” says Huntington. “The longer you ignore certain problems, the more likely they are to become worse and more difficult to correct.”
It’s time for your first official sit-down of the school year with your child’s teacher. While it’s perfectly fine to go into the parent-teacher conference without a lot of advance preparation, you can make the very most of this discussion by thinking through what you’d like to talk about ahead of time. The parent-teacher conference, after all, is arguably one of the most essential tools you have to guide your child in school. Be sure you collect as much information as possible in order to support your child’s success.
It’s the start of a brand-new school year, which will be full of new adventure for your child. Soon, you’ll receive his or her first report card—an official status update on how things are going. “Parents should take this first ‘check-up’ of the year as an opportunity to open the lines of communication with their children and their children’s teachers,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. When the first-semester report card comes home, what should you address during those conversations? Here are several questions to ask: