Parents and Teachers Unite
Should Parents Teach Kids to Read?
How Can Parents Help When Time is Short?
What Can Parents Do Other Than Read With Their Children?
What If I Show My Child the “Wrong” Way to Solve the Problem?
Chances are you have probably already heard the dreaded “But that’s not the way my teacher does it!” We all hear that (even teachers). The thing to keep in mind any time these words are spoken is, “Learning to do things in new and different ways is a great things because it helps you check your work and gives you a back up plan if you get stuck!” Imagine what it would be like to have chicken cooked only in ONE way. That would be boring, right? So, if this comes up, carry on and send in a note to let your child’s teacher know. The classroom teacher may have a handout that he/she could share with you on how the child is learning at school. (This is especially true for math where we WANT kids to learn to think of new problem solving methods.).
With reading and other content areas, you might visit during your school’s parental involvement nights to see how teachers model skills for their students. I know from the workshops I’ve conducted for parents, that this is the most beneficial part of the workshops. Parent like to see our teaching methods in action.