We all know the familiar emotions that transpire on report card day. There are few things more satisfying than seeing your child present their grades to you with pride. But many of us have also witnessed the look of disappointment on our children’s faces when they feel their marks are not where they should be. How can you be proactive in ensuring your child is set up for success? The key is getting them the help they need right from the start.
Transitioning from summer vacation into a new school year takes time and patience. With September now ending, you and your child have likely found a rhythm to your new routine. Two months in and you are already seeing your child adapted to their new teacher and classroom expectations. Homework, take-home assignments and preparing for tests is just par for the course. The mention of a report card has possibly already occurred. It may seem premature but taking this opportunity to gauge how your child is doing both emotionally and academically can give you great insights into how well they will do come report card time.
Knowing how your child is feeling about their progress in school thus far is critical in ensuring they are on the right path to academic success. Sometimes a child may moan about having to go to school. If they are content and feeling competent in completing homework assignments and attending school, then it’s fair to say that, unless the teacher informs you otherwise, your child is on the right path.
If your child is feeling apprehensive about school and the workload, we strongly recommend you delve into where these feelings are coming from. Is it a lack of confidence? What kind of feedback are they receiving from their teacher? Has the feedback been negative or perceived as negative? For those kids who are still struggling to adjust to the school year, now is the time to seek out an interview with their teacher and be proactive in getting them on track. Feedback from the teacher will shed light on where your child’s feelings of inadequacy or distaste for school are coming from.
If a child is struggling and knows that they are capable of better but for many reasons they can’t understand are not meeting their potential, you and their teacher may feel that added support outside the classroom is a necessary course of action. For this reason, we say that seeking support as soon as possible will give your child more time to see themselves soar before reports are sent home. Don’t we all want to see our child proud of their report card?
“Give a student an F, she’s learned nothing. Giver her an A, and what has she learned? Still nothing. Grades are subjective crutches, used by teachers because they either do not know any better, or because they are forced to give them by an archaic system.
Grades should be replaced by meaningful narrative feedback, which helps students understand what learning outcomes have or have not been mastered. Feedback also encourages learning, while grades only stifle it.” ~ Mark Barnes TED Talk
Scribble to Script can help students who are not meeting their potential. A student’s morale and self-esteem can suffer if they aren’t keeping up with their peers and sometimes it’s just a case of aiding the child with fine motor development. One indication is messy handwriting.
We help children aged 4-12 sharpen their handwriting skills with a unique therapeutic approach. Once a child is better able to master their handwriting their ability to focus and complete assignments comes naturally. With that, their confidence sky rockets and, you as a parent, will also see homework battles a thing of the past. The bottom line is, your child’s ability and competence is not what’s in question, it’s a matter of unlocking that which is holding them back.
Here at Scribble 2 Script we offer therapeutic activities as a means of strengthening your child’s fine motor skills. With fun and engaging exercises, our sessions aim to promote and support your child’s abilities. Providing you and your child with feedback on their progress as well as strategies that can be used at home and in the classroom. Our aim is to engage your child and allow them the chance to feel good about themselves as they see themselves excel in the areas that initially brought them heartache. By registering your child today, we can work to ensure you and your child start seeing mid-year results before marks are distributed.