Yesterday was a big day in our house. My 9 year old daughter and 10 year old son brought home their report cards. I guess it was a good sign that they were eager to share them with my husband and I.
I like to use report card time as a way to enforce a few of the values that we cherish in our home.
This what I tell my kids:
- Report cards are private. Only the parents and the child involved get to see them. No one has to share the information on their report cards with anyone else.
- “Respects teachers and others” is the most important subject for us. That is the grade we look at the most. (Our schools report card gives grades for that.)
What I like to point out:
- Grades that have improved from the last quarter, “Oh, look you went from a B minus to a B plus. You showed improvement in that subject.”
- Grades that have stayed the same, “You kept a steady B plus in math.”
- “Looks like you might be having some trouble in language arts. Is that the case?”
- “Is there anything I can do to help?”
- “Do you have some ideas on what you can do?”
- “Are you pleased with this report card?”
- “Is there any area in which you would like to improve?”
- “Are there any concerns that you have?”