In a typical school year, it’s smart for parents to use the midyear report card as a chance to “take a pulse” on their children’s learning progress. This year the midyear report card will be more important than ever to your student's success.
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. Here are some tips on what to look for in your child's mid-year report card.
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 first marking period of the year does not have to conjure up stress for children and their parents. "The report card should be viewed as an opportunity to identify any potential trouble areas, address any issues and set goals with your child," advises Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. As the first academic review of your child's school performance this year, Huntington suggests that parents keep in mind the following when they receive their child's fall report card:
With the first half of the school year now finished, it’s time for a mid-year check-in with first-semester report cards. Although some children dread report card time, report cards are a valuable tool and create the opportunity for conversation between parents and their children about how things are going.
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Though hard to believe, the school year is nearly halfway over. As the holiday season quickly approaches, your elementary student will soon receive his or her second report card, which serves as an even more revealing indication of academic performance than the first.
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.”
One question that is often asked by parents is what to do when their child receives a bad report card?
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: