Why do we have Parent-Teacher Conferences
At the Creative Clubhouse, we believe in building a strong sense of community, solid relationships and true partnerships between parents and teachers. Fundamentally, this all relies on open communication between the adults in the classroom and the parents at home. One of the ways we do this is to offer our time and insight during parent teacher conferences. Parent/teacher conferences are held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and they provide a dedicated and uninterrupted time to meet with your child’s teachers. Each teacher in the classroom has valuable insights regarding your child’s experiences at school and can give you a more complete picture of his/her day.
Our goals for the conference are for parents to have the opportunity to speak directly with us about their child’s school experience, as well as, for us as the teachers to learn about your child at home. Whether your child is three years-old and just starting school, or six-years-old and already in kindergarten, there is important information to be learned for every child who attends the program.
While we view our insight as critical information for you as the parent, we also appreciate that parents know their children best. There are many things you know about your child, including their physical development, behavior in the home and their social development with siblings and peers. The information from all of the adults in your child’s world can be combined to create a fuller understanding of them. This sharing of information is not only a benefit to your child but to all of us adults as well.
We understand that our time with your child may be minimal in the scheme of their entire life, but knowing your child when you are not around is key to understanding who they are as social beings and independent learners. Don’t be afraid to take notes, ask questions, and if need be, follow-up for a future conversation. Your input, concerns, and interest in your child’s preschool experience is valued and appreciated by us as we piece together them as a whole child.
Here are some of the many topics you can expect to (or ask to) hear about at your child’s conference:
Social/emotional growth and development
Goals for your child