Information Resources for Parents and Guardians
Spanish for Parents
Would you be interested in taking a course to learn Spanish? If there are enough interested participants, the course may be taught right here in our school by one of our teachers and the content would mirror activities that are happening in your child's class.
Contact the school office if you would like to add your name to our list or visit the CBE Languages for Parents page for more detailed course information.
How Was School Today?
When you ask the above question, do you get ‘one word’ answers? The tips below may help the conversation you have with your child about his or her day be a little more informative.
- The way you ask the questions matters. Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going.
- Often children are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
- Starting with factual questions is a great way to ease into conversation.
- Avoiding emotion-packed words (fun, happy, sad, mean) will allow the conversation to go on longer.
- Asking positive questions will give your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions will stop a conversation
- Talking about an artifact that came home from school (ex. a piece of art, a book) is often a good catalyst for school conversations
- Use the “Essential Questions” that teachers share in their bi-weekly updates. These questions are specific to the content that is being explore from the program of studies.
||What About These Instead?
|How was school?
||What’s the biggest different between this year and last year?
What was the best part of your day?
What was the best thing your teacher asked you to do in (math) today?
|Did you have fun at school?
||What was the best thing you did at school today?
|Who did you sit with/ play with?
||Tell me the names of the four children you sat with/played with today?
|Was your teacher nice?
||What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
What class expectations did your teacher say were important today?
What did your teacher say he/she likes to do?
|Did you have everything you needed for school?
||Was there anything you wish you had at school that you didn’t have today?
|Were the children in your class nice today?
||Who did you enjoy talking with the most?
Did anyone have anything fun or interesting to talk about?
|Did you play with anyone at recess?
||What were most kids doing at recess?
What was the best game at recess?
What did you talk about at recess?
|How was lunch?
||Who sat near you at lunch?
What were the other kids eating for lunch?
What was the funniest thing someone said at lunch?
Taken from National Centre for Learning Disabilities website, Bob Cunningham, Contributing Writer