Helping your child improve their report card results
Soon, if they haven’t already, your child will be bringing home their latest report card. As a parent, you are an expert on your child, while your child’s teacher is a grade level expert. These reports help parents understand their child’s grade level as well as their progress at school.
Report cards offer a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about school and the progress they are making when it comes to grades, work ethic and behaviour in the classroom. Here are tips from one of our parenting experts, Ann Douglas, as well as our educator’s at Children’s Support Solutions on how to improve your child’s report cards results.
- Help your child with his weaker subjects if possible
- Review organizational and planning strategies for exams and accompany that your child is using
- Vary the study techniques that your child uses.
- Ensure that the space provided for studying and homework is adequate and dedicated to work, for example, a quiet space with sufficient light and materials needed, etc.
- Keep homework and studying time a positive time that doesn’t undermine relations
- Consult a tutor or a resource teacher when needed
When Report Cards Arrive
- Resist the temptation to overreact. Tip: You’ll find it easier to stay calm if you shift your focus from how you are feeling to what you can do to help your child.
- Keep things in perspective. Remind yourself that a report card provides a snapshot of information about your child’s performance over a particular period of time—a period of time that is now well in the past. It doesn’t have to predict the future.
- Talk to your child about how he is feeling. Take time to really hear what he is saying. Let him know that his feelings make sense—and, when he is ready to shift into problem-solving mode, help him to identify possible solutions. Does he need help figuring how to organize his school materials and to keep track of important deadlines? Would he benefit from a little extra tutoring in a particular subject area? What would make his life better and less stressful at school?
- Express your confidence in your child. Let him know that you have faith in his ability to come up with solutions for dealing with the particular challenges he is facing at school. At the same time, make sure that your child understands that he doesn’t have to deal with these challenges on his own. He can count on you and other caring adults for support.
- Reach out to your child’s teacher. Let her know that you’re concerned by your child’s the report card and ask what you can do to help your child be more successful at school.
We understand how difficult it can be to see your child struggle at school.
If you’re concerned about your child’s report card results, we can help! Here are some areas where we can support your child:
- understanding or participating in instruction
- being motivated and engaged
- communicating and socializing
- making and keeping friends
- regulating their emotional and behavioural needs
- problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
- learning strategies
- focus and concentration
Let us help create a plan to help your child reach their potential.
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- Special educators can teach your child effective learning strategies, develop their organizational, time management and study skills, and help build self-confidence and manage stress.
- Speech-language pathologists can help your child with social communication, organizing written and verbal communication and conversation skills.
- Behaviour therapists can help your child learn new academic skills, develop social skills and increase appropriate classroom behaviours.
- Occupational therapists can help your child with printing, improving attention/focus, independent dressing skills and organizational skills
- Clinical psychologists can help your child with academics, self-confidence, anxiety and relationships with friends and family.
- Watch and share our “Tips from a principal: How to advocate for your child at school” webinar
- Read “5 tips for improving your child’s reading skills“
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