Partnering with Your School

  • While children go to school to learn strategies and skills around literacy there is also so much that we can be doing at home to help our children develop a strong love of learning! Out of school time is a wonderful opportunity for children to practice their skills and really develop their identities as readers and writers.

    Working with our children over the summer and then using the back to school night as an opportunity to learn about classroom and teacher goals are two wonderful that we can help support our children as they become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.

    Preventing Summer Slide

    What is Summer Slide?
    Summer Slide PictureSummer reading loss (also known as summer slide) occurs when the skills students learn during the school year are lost or forgotten over the summer.

    Why is it so important to know how to fight Summer Slide? Research shows…

    • 1 in 6 children who are not reading at grade level in 3rd grade will not graduate from high school on time.
    • When children do not read over the summer, they can fall 2 ½ years behind where they should be by fifth grade!

    How do I prevent Summer Slide?

    The best way to prevent Summer Slide is to make reading a priority. Find time for your children to read every day.

    • Choose a book that’s right for your child’s reading level
    • Pick out books that interest your child
    • Reread favorite books
    • Visit the library for books and events
    • Do puzzles and games together that involve reading
    • Sing songs and nursery rhymes with young children
    • Get outside! Have a reading picnic or bring a book to the park or beach.
    • Set a summer reading goal together with your child

    4 Important Tips to get the most out of back to school night


    • Be an Active Listener
      Your child’s teacher will be communicating important information about your child’s school year including information on policies, curriculum, and the ways you can best support your child this year. Come ready to actively listen and take notes. Don’t zone out!
    • Ask the Right Questions
      As you are listening and taking notes, think about whether the questions you have at this point are best asked now or later on. Are they questions about the classroom and the teacher? Ask away!—many parents are probably wondering the same things.
    • Avoid Questions Just About Your Child
      Remember that this is not a parent teacher conference; the goal of this night is for the teacher to give parents an overview of the classroom, and for parents to get to know the teacher, the classroom, and be informed of important school and classroom policies.
    • Anxious to Let Your Teacher Know About Your Child?
      A great way to do this is to come to Back to School Night with a letter to the teacher about your child. It can include anything you think would be helpful for the teacher to know- your child’s learning style, temperament, likes and interests, needs, etc

    Demonstrate Your Support

    Your child’s teacher will make an important first impression on you at back to school night. You will be making an impression of your own! Try to be supportive of your teacher’s learning goals for the year. You can demonstrate support for your child’s teacher by:

    • Thanking them in advance for all they plan to do for your child this year
    • Understanding their policies and expressing interest in the curriculum
    • Asking how you can help

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