This week I have a parents’ evening at Alice’s school. It will be her second time since starting at primary school last September and I’m quite looking forward to it because I was too ill to go to her very first one back in October.
Alice didn’t take to school very well. That’s a bit of an understatement. October and November were probably 2 of the worst months of my life; every morning I had to drag her kicking and screaming into the car waking up all the neighbours whilst trying to deal with the feisty toddler too. It was EXHAUSTING!
Thankfully, since Christmas the tide has turned and she seems to be really enjoying it now. Like most other schools, we only get given a 10 minute slot to talk with her teacher and there’s a fair bit I want to catch up on, so I thought I’d do a little bit of research about what sort of questions to ask so that I don’t come across as an aggressive Tiger Mum! Here’s some of the best questions that I’ve discovered:
- How is my child progressing?
- What areas are my child strong in and how are you encouraging those?
- What does she find difficult and how are you supporting her with this?
- What can we do at home to help?
- What is the biggest challenge coming up for my child? (This is a good one because it identifies any weaknesses and gives you time for how you can prepare for this in advance).
- Are there any extra-curricular activities that you think she would enjoy or benefit from taking part in?
Questions for Reception and what I most want to ask for Alice:
- How has she settled in? (How is she doing now compared to last term?)
- How is she at making friends? Who does she spend most of her time with?
- Is she happy?
- Does she speak out / join in discussions / ask her questions?
Apparently it’s a good idea to:
- Ask your child before you go to parents’ evening if there’s anything they are worried about or want to be discussed.
- Take questions with you so you don’t forget anything during your 10 minute slot!
- Feedback to your child afterwards in a positive and encouraging way.
I doubt I’ll get very far with asking all these questions in just 10 minutes, so I’ll have to work out the priorities before I go. Do let me know if there’s any other questions that you’ve found useful.