Learning Resources Offers Tips for Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
Vernon Hills, Ill., November 1, 2007 — Parent-teacher conferences are an annual fall ritual and one of the best ways for parents to get involved in their child’s education. The educational experts at Learning Resources, Inc., a leading manufacturer of hands-on educational toys and products for homes and classrooms, offer tips to parents for making the most of parent-teacher conferences.
“Studies show that students with involved parents are more successful,” says Wendy Zachrisen, a former teacher and now educational marketing manager at Learning Resources. “One of the ways parents can make a difference is by attending their child’s parent-teacher conference or scheduling a conference with their teacher.”
Zachrisen acknowledges that parents often feel that their roles at parent-teacher conferences are that of listeners rather than participants, but parents are an equal part of the equation and should participate actively.
“Parents should not hesitate to bring a written list of specific questions for the teacher,” says Zachrisen. “Also, be prepared to share information about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as likes and dislikes.”
Other tips include:
- Use the conference to express any concerns you may have and inquire
about specific ways to help your child at home.
- If you realize your child is struggling in a particular subject, don’t overreact. Find entertaining ways to extend learning at home. Innovative learning toys and fun games can turn dejected students into enthusiastic learners. For example, Learning Resources’ Alphaball™ Scrambled Word Game (for ages 6+) helps children practice word building, spelling and more.
- Ask teachers how to choose books best suited for your child. If children try to read more difficult books on their own, they will become discouraged.
- Don’t stop communication after the conference; communicate with teachers on an on-going basis. Many teachers and administrators have the ability to communicate via e-mail, or whatever method works best for you and the teacher.
According to Zachrisen, “The most important point for parents and caregivers to keep in mind is that when they develop an ongoing relationship with their child’s teacher, they are going to make a huge difference in the student’s academic success.”
For more tips on making the most of parent-teacher conferences, visit www.LearningResources.com/TEACHERMEETING
About Learning Resources, Inc.
Learning Resources, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. For more than 20 years, educators and parents have trusted the company as a source for quality, award-winning educational products teaching language and reading, math, science and early childhood. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Learning Resources markets and distributes its products to over 80 countries around the globe. For more information about Learning Resources, visit http://www.LearningResources.com.