Tips for a great parent-teacher connection by child reading expert, Holmdel's Janice Migliazza, founder of Neighborhood Lit. and The at Home Academy, Colts Neck, NJ. 

It’s hard to believe we are back in school again!  Stocked with new school supplies and back-to-school clothes, we are about to send the kids off for another great year.  Like many of you, I just received my children’s teacher assignments and realize that I don’t know much about these teachers other than the parent word-on-the-street stuff that we often hear.  What do you know about your children’s new teachers? What are their goals and objectives for the school year? This year, take the time to get to know them and find a positive and productive way to work together for the benefit of the kids. 

  • Give them the 911 – Write a short note and offer insights about your children to help the teachers understand their likes and dislikes and motivations.

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  • Don’t rush it and let everyone settle in - Allow teachers some time to figure out your kids and learn about their personalities, skills, and needs.

  • How can you help? - Ask what you can do at home to support what is being done in the classroom both academically as well as behaviorally.

  • Call, email, or stop by? - Determine appropriate times and ways to contact teachers to discuss both serious issues and get answers to logistical classroom questions.

  • What are you looking for? - Highlight your goals for the school year. 

  • Prove it - Demonstrate your commitment to the parent-teacher partnership by providing your support at home.  From my experience, this is one of the most important aspects of educating your child. 

As you settle into this year’s school routine, spend the time to get to know your children’s teachers and partner with them to make this year a true success - Your kids are counting on it. 

Comments or questions?  Please visit our website www.NeighborhoodLit.com or send us a note at Janice@NeighborhoodLit.com.  Janice Migliazza is a Reading Specialist and owner of Neighborhood Lit, Route 34 (The Orchards), Colts Neck, 732.625.1111.