Parent and teacher meet and greet
Tonight our school invited us all for a picnic and meet and greet with staff. This was a first for us, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It was a hot afternoon. I had one child who was absolutely beside herself with tiredness. I think most parents would hear me loud and clear on that one. It’s the first full week of school they have seen since last term, and this fourth day in a row just wiped them out!
Once I got them into the shade, and set up our picnic dinner, she calmed down and we could see the effort the school had gone to for the evening. The staff had brought out all of the PE gear, and there were all sorts of activity zones set up around the field. We had tight-ropes to walk, balls games and stilts to master. There was a bit of music playing and quite a few families setting up their picnics in the shade.
A chance to catch up
My kids felt like they were at a party and fully embraced the opportunities on the field. Meanwhile the teachers and parents mingled. I got to catch up with teachers we haven’t had for a while as well as this years’ teachers. I felt it was great because it acknowledged that not every parent is able to drop their children into the classroom or pick them up, and interact with the teachers face-to-face. Not to mention working full time doesn’t allow for as many school trips and events as we’d like. We do communicate via email and that is great for short messages.
However, tonight we had something more valuable. I had a chance to talk about my kids with people who genuinely care about them. I got to see that care in how they interacted with them on the field, as well as how they talked about the triumphs and challenges of the first weeks. I got to tell the teachers things, that I frankly forgot (mind like a sieve) or discuss upcoming learning for the year.
Establishing a great parent and teacher relationship
Having a good relationship with the teachers at your school is important. We have learnt over the years, that if we are all on the same page about behaviours, or abilities or skills that need to grow; then our child(ren) benefit hugely. Whether you have or need extra support, or it’s just you and the teacher making an awesome twosome, it is so important to build a mutually respectful relationship.
Not every school is able to run an event like this, because it’s often hard to stay late like that for staff and families alike. However, if you aren’t able to get to see the teacher as often as you’d like, reach out. You could email the teacher or ask if you could have a note book move between you for any important messages or sharing that is needed. Experiment with different communication options as some things just won’t work for you, while others will get the best result for you and the teacher.
How do you communicate with the teachers in your kids’ lives? Join the discussion in the comments below.
This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.
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