We’re back today for part 2 of our series on ensuring school success this year, plus we’ve got a great giveaway too!
Before we get to that, though, don’t forget to check out part 1: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Tell Them. And please don’t forget to take part in our sponsor, Quaker’s, partnership with Adopt a Classroom.org to get some much-needed funds to a classroom near you!
If you missed it the first time around, the Quaker Up for Classrooms program is trying to address the problem of teachers across America spending more than $1 billion dollars a year of their own money stocking their classrooms.
All you have to do to help is to buy specially marked Quaker products and enter the package codes online at Quaker Up for Classrooms. You’ll get a $1 off coupon for more delicious Quaker products AND you’ll be able to enter your zipcode to make sure the donated funds are going towards schools in your own community.
Got it? Good. Now here’s former 1st grade teacher Kristin with six things teachers want parents to know to start the year off right. (Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!)
Having written about things that your teacher would like you to share about your child, I thought it would be fitting to also let parents know some things that teachers would love to share with you.
I rounded up 6 thoughts that most teachers would agree are highly important for parents to know. Some might be new ideas or something you’ve never thought about, while others are very basic and a good reminder for us all.
6 THINGS TEACHERS WOULD LIKE TO TELL PARENTS
1) Every great day starts off with a great breakfast.
As a teacher, I wish I could remind parents that eating a nutritious breakfast is as important and being on time to school. We get busy as parents and sometimes kids aren’t the best at getting up on time. Trust me, I know how hard it is to get 3 kids out the door for school, while trying to get myself ready for work. And unfortunately our grocery aisles are packed with ‘breakfast’ foods that are full of sugar and leave us hungry in about an hour. Around here, we love to start out our day with a bowl of Quaker oatmeal with milk and craisins.
If a child is properly fueled, they’ll be able to concentrate better. On the other hand, if a child hasn’t been able to eat breakfast or maybe had a breakfast that wasn’t full of nutrients, chances are they will be distracted and not able to work to their potential. Many of us know what that feels like when we arrive to work with an empty stomach or having just eaten a donut in the car. It’s hard to work without proper fuel!
2) Teachers need for kids to be getting enough sleep every night.
We talked about this issue in one of our Happy Family Habits. This goes along the same line as eating a proper breakfast. Getting a solid 8 hours or more helps kids start the day with energy. Our bodies repair themselves while we sleep, little learning minds need as much sleep as they can get.
3) A quiet area dedicated to homework will help your child in the long run.
Good study habits start young. Creating a little corner in your home that is quiet and conducive to quality studying time helps your child take in information and remember it later. Have you ever tried studying while the TV is on or while people are talking loudly? It’s hard! Teachers know that good study habits will help your child retain the maximum amount of information.
4) Don’t get hung up on grades in the early years.
It’s hard not to compare. We live in a competitive society. But, the first few years of elementary school have a huge learning curve. There is so much going on that each child is going to develop differently. Most of the time it all evens out as elementary school is coming to a close. Of course, your teacher should notify you if he or she notices signs of a more serious issue. But, just because another child is reading before yours doesn’t mean that your child isn’t smart. Read More