Reflect and celebrate successes

Help your child reflect on the year and celebrate success
Posted on 05/01/2019

Help your child reflect on the year and celebrate success

As the school year winds down, it’s a great time to help your child look back, look forward, give thanks and celebrate. Here’s how:

  • Talk to your child’s teacher. Ask about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. How has she improved? Where does she need more work? Ask what you can do to help your child over the summer.
  • Talk to your child about the school year. Ask what she thinks went well. Talk about what challenged her most. Help her figure out what changes she should make for the upcoming school year.
  • Review your child’s successes. Look over schoolwork you’ve saved during the year. Point out how much your child has learned—how many new words, for example. Or how she can add and divide. Or how her writing has improved.
  • Help your child set learning goals for the summer. Should she spend more time reading? Should she practice math concepts? Guide her, based on the suggestions from her teacher.
  • Encourage your child to thank those who have made the year a good one—the teacher, bus driver, librarian, food service worker, etc. This will help her appreciate how many people have helped her.
  • Celebrate with a special activity. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or cost anything. Just make plans to enjoy some one-on-one time with your child.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

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