With summer ending and back to school season upon us, your child’s school orientation is probably at the top of your mind. And let’s face it, there have been a lot of changes this year. Where do you begin when there is so much to ask?! Don’t worry- we went ahead and asked some parents AND teachers for you.
The number one most important question, in our opinion, is to ask your child’s teacher what they need from YOU. Teachers constantly need resources and if you can help even a little, it will make a world of difference. Grab a few extra boxes of pencils, packs of lined paper and basic folders, maybe even tissues and hand sanitizer (and disposable face masks if they are being required!), and gift them to your child’s teacher at orientation! *Pro tip: If you want to provide some tissues and hand sanitizer but don’t want to splurge- Trader Joe’s has $1 tissue boxes and spray hand sanitizers for $2!
If your child is participating in in-school learning you may want to ask the following questions:
1. What is the current protocol for students coming into the classroom? Are they required to wear a mask? How many classmates will my child have?
2. Are school hours any different from last year? Will kids still have recess and/or lunch?
3. Should I be prepared to pack my child a nut-free lunch?
4. Should I buy a planner for my child?
5. What is the homework expectation, and how many hours should we expect a week?
6. Can my child have their phone in the classroom?
7. My child exceeds and excels in these areas. How much individualized attention will they get?
8. What skills do you expect my child to leave this school year with?
9. Do you participate in Scholastic?
And you might want to ask the following questions if your child is participating in virtual learning this year:
1. How will you teach learning incentives with virtual learning?
2. How can my child receive one on one help if they are struggling?
3. What things can I do to prepare my child for at home learning?
4. Are computers furnished for at home learning?
5. Will my child have a break in the day to get outside and exercise?
6. Can we communicate regularly so that we can be on the same page as far as my child’s learning and behavior?
What questions will you ask your child’s teacher this year? Leave us a comment and let us know!