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Are you making the most of report card talks?


Maybe your child’s report card is great. Maybe its worse than you had feared. Whatever the report card says, it provides a great chance to talk with your child about school and study habits.


Answer yes or no to the questions below to see if you are making the most of report card talks:


___1. Do you take the report card seriously and set aside time      to talk about it?


___2. Do you ask your child if she agrees with the grades and      why or why not?

___3. Do you remain calm and try not to make your child feel       worse if she already disappointed?


___4. Do you help your child figure out a plan to improve or                maintain her grades for the next report card?


___5. Do you contact the teacher if you have concerns?


How well are you doing?  Each yes answer means you’re turning report card time into learning time. For each no answer, try that idea in the quiz.  from the Parent Institute
Work with the teacher if your child is misbehaving in class


Its great to have a sense of humor. But its no laughing matter if a child constantly disrupts class with jokes and rude body sounds.  If your child is misbehaving in school, take these steps:
Look for what behind the behavior. Sometimes kids need
attention or want to impress their classmates. Sometimes they use humor to cover up academic shortcomings.


Work with the teacher. Together, try to identify when the problem behavior started and what might have triggered it. If your child tends to act up after recess, he may need help settling down. The teacher might help by assigning him a high-profile task like handing out worksheets.


Talk to your child. He might not understand when its okay to be silly and when its not. Help him see there a time when being
clever is being disrespectful.


Establish clear guidelines.


With the teacher, convey what kind of behavior is not allowed. Suggest what your child might do instead.


Set consequences that you and the teacher will enforce if your child breaks the rules.  from the Parent Institute
Linda Campbell
Itinerant School Counsellor


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