Sometimes we miss out on our child’s progress at school because we have a lot of things on our plates. Work, keeping a tidy home and still spending time with our families- there is just so much to do and such little time. Some of us run around in a perpetual state of busy-ness and certain things fall through the cracks. What happens is that we miss small problems until they spiral out of control and become big problems. I’ve seen so many people experience that with their child’s performance at school. “He’s always done fine in school, I don’t know where this came from,” have become very familiar words. So how can you catch those small signs of trouble without having to wait until the problem spirals out of control? We’ve put together a few pointers to help you keep up with your child’s school performance. These small checkpoints help you manage your child’s academic progress and take a more active role.
Get in touch with your child’s teacher
Email is always a good way to do this. Emails are easy to manage and take up less time than scheduling a parent-teacher meeting. Raise your concerns, ask the teacher how she can keep you in the loop of what’s going at school. Teachers can also provide suggestions on how parents can help with the child’s progress at home like following up on classwork and working on assignments.
Familiarize yourself with the grading system
Know when you should be expecting to see test and exam results aside from your child’s overall grade. Check and see to it that your child can get extra help from subjects that need more attention. You can either work with your child or hire a tutor.
Set up a quarterly meeting with the teacher
One more thing a parent can do to monitor the child’s progress is to take time and meet with the teacher after every quarter and get a report on the child’s performance at school. This will ensure all areas are covered and will make sure that the child will get all the help he needs.
Ask your child
Parents can also simply ask their child how they are doing at school. But for parents with teens, be sure to ask the right question and don’t come off as too intrusive. Teenagers really value their privacy because it pushes them to be independent and accountable with their actions. Casually ask over breakfast or dinner.
Hire a tutor
Hiring a tutor can save up a lot of time for parents, especially those that are very busy. Tutors will be the one to follow up with the child after school and to make sure that the child receives the educational support he needs.