How to Review Your Child’s Report Card in Three Easy Steps

The school year is well underway with the first report card delivered home, and parent teacher interviews conducted. Parents now have had some time to digest and review the initial feedback.

It’s a busy time of year with the holiday season upon us, so it’s important to make use of this important document before it gets filed away for the year.

Report cards are an important resource to reflect on the successes, progress and areas to improve on. The team of tutors at Teachers on Call have put together some tips to help parents navigate next steps:

Have an Initial Read:

  • Read the full report card, especially the comments and identify successes and opportunities to improve on.
  • Stay big picture – remember every year is different and some will be more challenging than others.

Review with Your Child:

  • Your child will have a lot of insight on their report card.  Ask them what they think about it.  If you are able to make discussions about school part of your regular family routine during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time.
  • Celebrate their accomplishments and stay positive.  If your child’s report card had lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized.
  • Avoid comparisons with any friends or family – it’s important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child.

Make a Plan Together:

  • After reviewing the report card, prepare a follow-up plan with your son or daughter.
  • Think about what activities and goals you can set for the school year.
  • For areas to improve on make realistic goals (even if small) and think about strategies to help improve any organizational skills.
  • Work with your child to consider any additional support they may require. This can be in the form of peer tutors, family members, teachers and professional tutors.

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