As many of you know, the Preschool program (affectionately known as “downstairs”) will begin parent/teacher conferences in early February. For some of you, this will be your first conference of your child’s educational career! I don’t know about you, but for me, it felt like a big deal. I walked into that first meeting and wasn’t sure what to expect, what to ask, and I was really nervous about what I would find out!
It probably is no surprise that your teacher will walk you through each step of the process. They give you a really great sheet with their observations and feedback about your child, and then you can ask all of the questions you have been dying to ask:)
Here are a few suggestions for some things that I wish I had asked at our first conference:
- Ask about any of your concerns! Get it out of the way and put it all on the table. You will be SO glad you did. When Teddy started, he really struggled with transitioning from one activity to the next. So I made sure to see how this was going and what I could do to support him at home.
- Ask about who your child is spending time with! This is a great way to arrange play dates, plus you know who to ask about and learn some names.
- Ask what they are doing in group, or where your teacher sees your child really engaging in class. This is a great way to begin conversations when they come home. I know with Teddy that asking about his “journal” from group time is always going to get a response. Which is way more fun than the blank stare I used to get- ha.
If there is any question about whether or not you are supposed to sign up for conferences, Kathy, Elizabeth, or their group Teacher will all have that answer. And if you have any questions, feel free to email me!
Best, Jessica (Teddy S.’s mom)