The Next Step
 
Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook Sometimes, parents feel that once their child has started school, their job is finished.

But that's not the way it is. Parents are more important now than they've ever been.

 
The things that only parents can do, like making sure that their child... stays healthy,
gets enough sleep,
eats the right kind of food,
and gets to school on time
...are extremely important to how well children do in school.
Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook
 
Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook If someone doesn't make sure that these things happen, children won't do as well as they could, no matter how wonderful their teachers are.

No matter how good your child's teachers are, both your child and his or her teachers need some things that only you can give.
 
Nothing makes children feel better than seeing a friendly, respectful relationship between the most important grownups in their lives: their parents and their teachers.

But sometimes, parents feel nervous about meeting their child's teacher.

They may feel that the teacher knows everything about how to teach their child, and that they have nothing to add.

But the teacher doesn't feel that way.

Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook
 
Teachers have a hard job. They want any kind of help you can give.

They need your help to provide a good education for your child, and they want your help in solving any problems that might come up.

After all, you know your child better than anyone else does.
 
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