School has been in session for a bit now which means it is time for parent teacher conferences. If you’re new to this school thing or maybe you just have a new dedication to school – here’s a few things that I’ve learned from my many years as a mom and partnering with teachers about what teachers really need from you.
You need to approach parent-teacher conferences with a positive mindset. They’re such a valuable time to get to know what’s happening in the classroom and how your child’s doing. Visual kids are intelligent and creative, but often disorganized and distracted, which can make for some hard times in the classroom. Whatever you’re anticipating good or bad, schedule a time to go visit with teacher.
Getting good grades is important for kids, parents and educators. Young Rembrandts programs increase a child’s academic performance by supplementing & improving on many of their core learning skills. Visual literacy is a major component of this – the ability to interpret, negotiate and make meaning from information presented visually or from a picture.
I’m a huge fan of creative play, inside and outside the house. When you head to Disneyland – all the creating has been done for you. You walk around seeing what other people imagined. But when you give kids the time, place and encouragement for unstructured play, their brains have to do the work. They climb trees, build forts, imagine new worlds, and spend hours and hours discovering new parts of themselves.
Recently, a new Young Rembrandts franchisee told me something awesome about her son’s university… Virginia Tech instituted a rule where all notetaking was to be done by hand. No laptops. No keyboarding of any kind. Just good old paper and pencil. (I assume pens are allowed. Haha.)