Child's First Report Card
By National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
may have anxieties when their child starts school, and are excited
to learn how their child is doing in school and support his learning.
Your child will receive her first report card and be graded on her
school performance for the first time. This is a great opportunity
to learn about your child's strengths and identify and areas he
may need help with, and open up communication with your child's
teacher. The National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC) offers suggestions for parents to prepare for this benchmark
time to communicate with both your child and his teacher about what
is going on in class. When you know how your child is doing in school,
report cards will be less of a surprise.
* Talk with your child each day about class assignments and what
* Communicate with you child's teacher on a regular basis. This
can easily be done through a phone call or email.
* Offer praise and encouragement. This will help your child's confidence
and motivation in his school work.
when report cards come out and prepare with your child. Remember
that your child may not be aware of what report cards are or why
she is getting one.
* Discuss what the report card measures and what the grades or comments
* Before the report card comes, allow your child to tell you how
he thinks he's doing in school.
* Remember that this is only one measurement of your child's strengths
and weaknesses in school.
* Use the information to praise your child's strengths and work
with her in the areas she needs to improve.
an active role in your child's school all year around.
* Attend parent-teacher conferences and other school sponsored parent
activities and get to know your child's teacher.
* Check the school calendar for report card dates and other school
* Always ask the teacher if there are grades or policies you don't
time in your child's education in addition to his schoolwork.
* Introduce your child to other educational experiences to foster
her interest in learning.
* Read to and with your child regularly.
* Limit the amount of time your child watches television or plays
video and computer games.
* Establish a family routine. This includes time for homework and
studying, as well as eating meals, doing chores, and going to be
at a set time.
Use these tips to be prepared each time report cards come out, and
throughout the year to track your child's progress and get him any
help he needs. Stay involved in your child's education and help
her succeed in school! Early Years Are Learning Years is a regular
series from NAEYC (www.naeyc.org)
providing families with tips for giving their young children a great
start on learning.