Tips on how to talk to your child about report cards.

As the end of the semester is drawing near, it’s report card time again.  Teachers are currently busy writing reports for each and every student here in the Elementary School.  You won’t receive your child’s report card for a few weeks.  But, the Learning Support Department wanted to take this opportunity to give you a few good tips on how to talk to your child about his/her report card.

The biggest thing to remember is to Highlight the Positive!!

Let your child overhear you bragging on them to other people:  aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

Heather Cukierski from Oxford Learning gives ten good tips for talking to your child about a report card:

  1. Sit down together. Don’t talk about the report card in the garage while your child is lacing up his rollerblades.
  2. Remove distractions and focus on each other—TV off, no Game Boy or iPod!
  3. Make a statement of intent. Tell your child up front that you need to have a talk about the report card.
  4. Start by saying something positive. You can get off on the right foot by highlighting something positive about the report card, no matter how trivial.
  5. Review learning strengths. Say something like, “You are still doing great in math, which is awesome.”
  6. Recognize the struggle (1). Listen to your child, and include his or her thoughts, comments, and worries in the discussion.
  7. Recognize the struggle (2). Say something like, “I see that you’re still having trouble with spelling.”
  8. Listen to the complaints. Children who have the most issues are usually the most vocal.
  9. End with optimism. Make a comment like this: “There’s still plenty of time for improvement, and we’ll work together to make the necessary changes.”
  10. End with a plan. Identify the following before you leave the table: your role in helping with school, your child’s role, and what the next steps are.

If you have any questions or need suggestions on speaking to your child about a report card, please contact the Classroom or Learning Support Teacher.

We would love to hear your ideas on the topic and ways that you have battled the topic of report cards!