The five-finger rule: How parents can partner better with schools

All round development, success and a happy life ahead – this is what we truly desire for our children at Treamis. We aim for a great schooling experience – not just through good grades, but also through independent thinking.

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Checking on your child’s progress can be turned into a collaborative effort for your child’s development.

Turning the bright minds we meet at school into success stories is no easy task. It requires constant teamwork and support from our larger pool of talented minds – the parents, who are the best support network that a school can hope for. And now we come to you, asking for your help in turning these formative years into the best possible foundation for your child.

How? It’s not just notes to the teacher to check his / her progress or appreciative messages to the school. This is the 5 finger rule that you can follow to help us deliver the best learning experience for your child.

1. Respect diversity, encourage independent thinking:

The Treamis approach is about encouraging your child to be independent, yet welcome towards diversity. We ask you to encourage the same at home. Welcome and celebrate diversity in opinion at home. Find space to cherish your values and connect them with the broader perspective.

2. Be the role model you wish for your child to follow:

Children are always watching and listening, be it for the red light you might have missed or a rude word from your mouth. How you balance your work, handle stress and take time out for them are all lessons in practice.

3. Let us know:

If your child has special needs or there has been an emergency at home, let us know. If your child may miss his / her assessment or may be required at home during school timings, let us know. Most importantly, we must know about any and every change at home which significantly affects them.

4. Maintain respect:

Remember, children learn by example. We therefore request you to maintain the hierarchical order while contacting any of us, keep discussions over your child’s progress to arranged meetings and when required, seek a meeting instead of looking at communication on mail or phone. Often the last two forms of communication cannot fully address areas regarding a child’s progress as a physical-parent teacher meeting.

5. Allow your child to make mistakes:

In today’s fast-paced competitive world, all of us scared at the prospect of our children being left behind by not being absolute all-rounders. Let it go – it is mistakes that help us learn the most and your child’s mistakes today would help them deal with tomorrow better than our constant efforts at steering them in the right direction.

To know more, we would like you to go through an exhaustive, 30-point list that has been put together by Ann V Klotz for parents at the Laurel School, where she talks from her experience in dealing with young students.

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