End-of-the-year progress reports usually come home on the last day of school. This often leaves parents with unanswered questions about what the report really means. Parents may wonder just how well prepared their young child is for the next grade level. Before the end of school, parents should ask the teacher some important questions about their child’s yearlong progress.
Here is a list of 10 questions that should give parents some insight into what the progress report means, as well as preparation for the next grade:
- Is my child’s reading on grade level, based on Common Core State Standards?
- If yes, how can I continue to support their reading all summer?
- If not, what can I do to help him improve skills?
- Would you give me a list of recommended reading books to support her level?
- Would you share some strategies to help increase his decoding, comprehension, or fluency skills? (Identify targets that might need improvement.)
- Are her math skills on grade level, based on Common Core State Standards?
- What are some strategies to keep math skills strong?
- Would you recommend some math games to practice needed skills?
- How can I help my child continue writing skills?
- How does my child measure up socially and emotionally with classmates?
Answers to these questions will give you a clearer understanding of what needs to be done over summer vacation to keep skills sharp.
Make a commitment to keep learning strong and prevent “summer slide.” This will give your child an excellent base for a positive start in September!
I’ve written a number of blogs with simple reading and math games, including:
> Improving Reading Fluency With Nonsense Words
> Hands-On Math Games
> An Easy Game To Help Kids Practice Important Math Skills
As well, check the SchoolFamily.com collection of math printables for board games and other activities.