A Resource for Getting Parents and Teachers on the Same Page
You are the expert on your child. No one -- coach, teacher, or therapist -- knows more about her strengths, her passions, her dreams than you do. What’s the best way to convey your insights and practical knowledge to her teacher, so your child can succeed at school?
For many parents, the home/school checklist, developed by the Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota, has been the answer. The document, which serves as an MRI of your child’s learning profile, helps identify academic shortfalls and the strategies you’re taking, or have taken, to solve them. This handy tool facilitates communication between you and the teacher, and sends the message that you are a valuable resource and part of the team. The checklist may also prompt the teacher to share classroom strategies that you can use at home.
The home/school checklist is especially useful at the beginning of the academic year, but can be used at any point during the semester with good results. To download the document, log on to ldaminnesota.org.