Let’s Talk About Your Child’s Report Card
It’s report card season! The report card isn’t the only indicator of how your child is doing in school, but there’s a lot of stress tied to these performance reports. As a parent who was once a student, you know that good results mean more opportunities in the future, so doing well in school is essential. Talk about pressure!
Adding to the stress is the fact that report cards can be overwhelming. A new school year brings changes in the curriculum and teacher communication, resulting in a confusing piece of paper filled with terms that can mean next to nothing.
ADJUST YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Before over-analyzing your child’s results, consider whether they truly reflect your child’s strengths. Be sure that your expectations are realistic at all times. No matter what the report card states, it’s important to remember that your child is learning regardless. If they are progressing well through the year, that’s great! Ensure you show appreciation for their efforts. If they are falling behind, you can do things to help them get back on track.
No matter the results or the confusion, talking to your child about their academic progress is crucial!
REPORT CARD DISCUSSION WITH THE STUDENT
It’s important to talk to your child about their report card to understand their reality of the situation. Your child may think they’re behaving a certain way, but the teacher’s comments reveal more insight, which should be addressed.
Talk to your child about their report card with these tips.
REPORT CARD DISCUSSION WITH THE TEACHER
Don’t be afraid to follow up with the teacher! A good teacher will help you understand the report card so that you can respond appropriately and make the necessary changes.
We have some tips for parent-teacher communication here.
IF YOUR CHILD BROUGHT HOME A POOR REPORT…
We understand your frustration. It’s easy to lose your temper, enforce some sort of punishment, and expect them to try harder from now on. However, a more gentle approach can lead to better results.
Learn how to talk to your child gently about their report card here.
WE CAN HELP
You know your child is capable of so much more, however they might need some extra support when it comes to feeling confident in the classroom. Oxford Learning has programs to help with math, science, and everything in between! We can help your child thrive in school, so bad report cards are a thing of the past. Contact your local centre to get started.