Here are five ways educators can assist parents with building a stronger partnership between home and school.
- Get to know the adults around your child—Communicate with the new school. Become comfortable asking questions and asking for advice.
- Bridge the jump—Keep teachers, babysitters, other parents, and family members involved in the transition
- Focus on your family’s strengths—Share the successes from
- Focus on your child’s strengths—They are individuals and have their own strengths and needs. Share info about health, learning style, and personality.
- Team up—Network with other parents from school or the community who are also transitioning.
Parent preparedness is just as significant as a child’s preparedness when it comes to a successful school transition. The more prepared the parent is, the more confident and prepared the child will be.
Adapted from Parents as Teachers (PAT), Parent Page: Parent Preparation.