Also, by keep the learning going in the summer they will be that much farther ahead next year.
In the U.S., our classrooms are full and teachers can only do so much. And I have a teacher friend who pointed out if a parent is involved, she finds herself more invested in that child. That's just human nature, I think.
When you communicate with your child's teacher, they see you're willing to do your part and they also learn a lot more about your child and his or her individual personality and needs. If you talk to the teacher, he or she will most likely be very happy to cooperate with you in your child's education.
As I pondered this idea of working hand-in-hand with the school, I thought to myself, hmmm, there's homeschooling and public schooling, why not "co-schooling."
It turns out I'm not the only one to think of this idea. There is no official site, but I found the following three blog posts about it:
What is Co-schooling?
Just What is Co-schooling?
Co-schooling at Wordpress
I hope to continue to illustrate ways we co-school, whether it's fostering communication with educators, guiding behavior or focusing on a particular learning area.
Here are some ways we co-schooled during Brady's 1st grade year:
|I volunteered to do this craft in his classroom.|
|We used these letter tiles to drastically improve his spelling.|
|His teacher made and sent these sight words home for us to practice.|
|She also sent home an old handwriting workbook when I asked for a handwriting page website.|
|The Behavior Notebook is a great way to communicate with your child's teacher in a specific area.|
|We're working really hard on reading over the summer with our Reading Store and have seen success.|