Report cards are stressful. Report cards can be confusing. And, like it or not, they will be here before you know it.
Now that families everywhere have settled back into their school year routine, it’s time to start thinking about report cards. Too often, after the back-to-school rush is over, families relax into the school groove. Then the first report card arrives, and BLAM! Bad news: things are not going as smoothly as they should be.
Luckily, there are plenty of stay-in-the-loop tricks that parents can use to prevent a report card sneak attack.
5 Easy Tips to Take The ‘Uh-Oh’ Out of Report Cards:
1. Take five minutes to communicate with the teacher every week, via phone, email, or in person to ask how your child is doing in math/ reading/spelling/ listening, etc.
2. Go online. The Internet is a wonderful tool to keep informed. If your child’s class has a web page, log on and get involved.
3. Review past report cards. Chances are that school issues from last year will re-appear, so review previous report cards and keep your eye out for repeat problems.
4. Follow up when tests and assignments are returned to your child. How did it go? Were the results what you were expecting?
5. Don’t wait. If there are any issues, seek help as soon as you learn of them. The earlier that problems are addressed, the easier it becomes to fix those problems for the whole year through.
Parents don’t need a report card to know how their child is doing in school—staying involved every step of the way helps avoid report card stress, and gets school problems taken care of before they get out of hand.
After all, the only thing that should surprise you about report cards is how quickly they arrive.