As the summer comes to a close, students, parents, and teachers are gearing up for a brand new school year; and some have already started. A new school year can be a time of great excitement and even some anxiety. With this in mind, we have put together some tips for parents and teachers to help calm any fears and lay the groundwork for the exciting year ahead.
Getting Involved in Your Child's Classroom
During the first few weeks of the new school year, many schools host a Back to School Night so families can meet their children’s teachers and other parents. If you went to Back to School Night, you hopefully became familiar with classroom life, school policies, your child’s curriculum, and the best ways to support your child’s learning at home.
Go Ahead and Reach Out
At Back to School Night, you may have learned your teacher’s preferred method of communication, whether it’s a phone call, email, or quick chat during pick-up. Never hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with questions about the homework, anything that happened at school that day, or what you can being doing at home to support your child’s learning.
Children Love A Guest Star
If you have a skill you want to share that you think could impact your child’s classroom, get in touch with your teacher to see how you can help. Many parents come in to read a book out loud, lead a music lesson or sing-along, or talk about their job or role in the community.
Create A Community of Parents
Connect with the other parents in your child’s class. You may have met some of them at Back to School Night or other school functions. If you don’t have time to come into your child’s class, building a support network of parents outside the school is a great way to be in the loop about classroom activities and school life.
Back-to-School Apps for Teachers
September is here and teachers everywhere are busy preparing for the school year ahead. If you are one of the growing number of teachers who uses a smartphone or tablet in the classroom, you may be searching for some useful apps to help communicate with families, conduct assessments, or allow your students practice literacy skills.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite free apps for educators, so all you have to do is hit download and get teaching! Happy Back to School, everyone!
Parents want to celebrate their kids’ achievements every step of the way, so it’s important to keep them in the loop on their kids’ progress throughout the school year. With Seesaw, a student portfolio app, kids can store and post their best work to share with their parents.
Remind makes it easy for teachers to communicate with students and their parents in real time outside of the classroom. You can make class announcements, initiate group chats, or contact people privately through the app.
Phonics Genius is geared towards early elementary students and helps them learn letter sounds and blends. Unlike most other phonics apps, Phonics Genius goes beyond the most basic letter sounds to teach fluency.
This flashcard app includes 1,000 Fry Words – the most common high frequency words in the English language. We like it because you can customize the cards by recording your own voice, deleting cards, and tailoring the level of difficulty to your classroom’s needs. Best of all, it’s iPad compatible, so your youngest students will have no trouble using it in large format.