I am juggling hats this morning: my parent hat and my teacher hat.
With most of our kids starting that first day of school at the beginning or the middle of this month, enough time has passed for them to get settled and into a routine. THIS IS THE TIME to contact your children's teacher, and ask them how your kids are adjusting to this year's subjects and routines.
Many was the time that parents (and I am talking about high school here, but I am sure it applies on down the line) thought all was well at school until the 4 1/2 week progress reports came out! YIKES! I think it is so important to check in often at the beginning of a new year or new class, or new teacher, so you can head off any potential problems.
Some of us are able to see our kids' grades on-line through programs like Harmony, and that is great, but it's still important to make contact with these teachers if you have a concern or are even curious. Teachers welcome help from home, and a lot of arguments/differences of opinion and conflict can be avoided if there is actual face to face conversations between parents and teachers.
This year, I think we are about at the end of our math experience with Tink as she heads into 6th grade math. These kids are learning different ways to do the math we did in school, and I'm pretty sure they are learning the fundamentals of algebra and geometry at a much younger age. By talking with the teachers, you may be directed to educational sites set up to help emphasize new ideas, problems, formulas, theorems, and 1 x 2 x 3b = 4 X ACK!
As much as I love social media, it is NOT the place to air grievances with school officials. There is very little constructive that can be done when a parent or a teacher is verbally and publically criticized. Those conversations should be private.
I hope every child out there has a great school year. I also hope that there is a good working relationship between parents and educators. Students succeed when everyone is talking and open to new ideas.
Here's to an awesome 2014-2015 school year.