Preschool parent-teacher conferences promote open discussion and keep parents informed of their child's progress. Preschool is an important step toward kindergarten, so teachers often discuss whether a child is ready for the next academic step. As a parent, you'll likely find out how well your child adapts to social situations, to the class itself and how well she completes projects or assignments. Parent-teacher conferences are a valuable assessment tool for both parents and teachers.
Strengths and Favorable Traits
Preschool parent-teacher conferences give teachers the opportunity to brag about your child. They know how much time, energy and devotion you have invested in your youngster, and they want to support your efforts. According to the Scholastic website, expect that your child's teacher will likely begin the conference by something positive and personal about your child. She will likely discuss academic strengths, interpersonal skills, and favorable personality traits. Preschool is partially about academics but it is also about learning to share, about being cooperative and being kind, so the teacher will likely discuss ways your child showcases those attributes.
Areas for Growth
Expect your child's preschool teacher to bring up areas where you child needs improvement, requires additional help or lacks development. For example, the teacher might suggest academic testing, special classes or skills to practice at home to make sure your child meets age-appropriate benchmarks and that she can keep up with others in the class, according to the Baby Center website. You may feel a little defensive during this part of the parent-teacher conference, but remember, the teacher is only trying to help your child grow and develop at an acceptable rate for her age and abilities.
Discussions about your child's preschool classroom behavior can be a sensitive topic, so be prepared to listen, rather than react. You don't get the opportunity to see your child interact in a classroom setting, so you may be surprised to hear about any concerns. If your child is bossy, doesn't like to share, bullies, withdraws, cries, throws tantrums or if he hits, bites or throws things, you need to know about it. As a parent, you can talk to your child about his upsetting behavior and support the teacher with behavior modification strategies. Preschoolers often outgrow this type of behavior, but you want to address them before they lead to bigger problems in the future.
Expect your child's preschool teacher to bring up immediate concerns that affect your child. For example, your child might be a social butterfly but has recently started withdrawing from the group. Or, your youngster might cry uncontrollably after you drop him off in the mornings or he might suddenly refuse to share his art supplies with classmates. This is the perfect opportunity for you to share personal insight. Possibly, you're expecting another baby and your youngster feels jealous, or your spouse needs to travel for his job, and your child feels sad and insecure. Parent-teacher conferences are a two-way street, so your input can help the teacher understand what your child is dealing with.
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