Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Throughout the year, let the teacher know whenever anything difficult is going on at home, such as the death of a pet or an impending divorce. "Teachers also need feedback about assignments," says Charlotte Ackerman, an elementary-school teacher in Tuscon, Arizona. "If homework takes your child hours to complete, write the teacher a note. That way, she'll be able to make adjustments for next time." It's nice to get positive feedback too, Ackerman adds. "When I get a note saying, 'Lisa talked about the science experiment for days,' that tells me it's a thought-provoking activity and I should build on it."
Establishing a good relationship with the teacher will also help your child feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom. He'll know that you're working together to help him have a happy, productive year.