|School is around the corner, do you have your supplies.|
- Go to the open houses so you can put faces to names when the kids talk about their teachers.
- The Vice Principal in elementary school is usually more useful than the principal (and we've been to three different elementary schools).
- If you want to know what's going on in the classroom, ask the teacher if you can sit in on the class. If you ask nice enough, most teachers welcome it.
- The difficult teachers are more likely to listen when I get my husband involved. This one still makes me roll my eyes, but there it is. Of course, be sure your husband is on your side. I had a friend who husband would flip-flop and it backfired. I suppose that's why teachers want Dads involved. Lucky for me, my husband and I always agreed.
- No matter what the school says, you are the biggest advocate for your child, you have seen them grow and know their history. Teachers only get them for 9 months.
- Kids do behave differently in school.
- Guidance counselors are best at guiding when you have a goal in mind and you express it to them.
- Have kids use planners starting in first grade. It teaches them time management early.
- You know what they are eating/drinking (and not eating/drinking) when you make them their lunch. My daughter was getting headaches at the end of the day, turns out she wasn't drinking anything at lunch.
- No matter how much supplies you try to save from one year to the next, I always spend ~$100 a year for new supplies.
- Don't let them know that you are following them to school. :)