I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday. Today’s post centers on your assessment of the school year for your child. It’s important to know what went right and what needs to be improved in order to send a stronger child to the next grade. I’m certainly not saying all children need to work long days throughout the summer. But, if you can help to tweak a couple of areas where your child struggled, the benefits could be significant. Here are some questions I think you may want to consider.
How did your child do? You’ve heard from the companies who handle standardized tests. You’ve most likely seen the final grades or have a good idea what they will be. What is your final assessment, as a parent, on how the school year went overall?
Did your child receive the grades deserved? And, without laying guilt on yourself- what, if anything- should you have done differently to help your child? Be brutally honest when trying to answer this question.
Were old friendships strengthened with peers? Were new friendships built? Do you feel your child is ready for the next grade academically, socially, and emotionally? More importantly, does your child feel ready in these three areas?
Are there any lingering problems that need your attention such as bullying, teasing, or general unhappiness? Time does heal some wounds but ignoring problems typically does not cause them to go away.
Finally, this last point will lead to a future post but what about the overall confidence level of the child? Is it as high as you’d like to see it? Was your child’s confidence tested by difficult assignments or tricky situations with peers? If their confidence was tested, do you feel your child is more confident or less confident in themselves now that the school year is over?
I hope answering these questions will help put into focus what needs to be addressed over the summer. I’ll be back on Tuesday with another post. Best wishes to all of your children. May they have more fun this summer than all previous one’s put together!!!