Meet the Teacher

How to Help your Child Navigate Elementary School : A Common Sense Guide for Parents

Borowski, Betty

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Meet the Teacher
Two veteran teachers guide parents through the challenging waters of a child's elementary school years. Parents want their child to succeed in school. This book helps them promote smooth sailing for their child through all those important early school years, encouraging them to communicate with teachers early and regularly. The authors, two teachers who are also mothers, share ways to establish positive parent-teacher relationships and provide an insider's understanding of how schools actually work. Here is outstanding practical advice that parents need to help their child thrive in school. Tips for parents cover a variety of topics, including: Establishing a positive relationship with teachers and the school Managing homework Interpreting report cards Suggestions for successful parent-teacher interviews Addressing conflict How to prepare young children to enter school Early reading and writing development Effective home-school communication Improving their child's study skills Tips for parents who need to help their child deal with peer pressure and bullying Special chapters include information on the different ways children learn, legal and medical matters and special education concerns. There are also fun and educational activity pages for family-oriented activities that support school curriculum topics. Borowski and Mayne have extensive experience sitting on both sides of the parent-teacher conference table, and they offer valuable insights from both perspectives.

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, c2010.
ISBN: 1554076609
Characteristics: 175 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mayne, Laura 1957-


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Jul 29, 2012
  • mollyloumelon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was written by two elementary school teachers (and also parents). The book introduces the American elementary school system (both the US and Canada) from mostly the teacher's perspectives, in terms of how things are done at schools, what the teachers' point of views and styles are, and how parents can best work with the teachers for the benefit of their children.

The book is a quick read, written in a concise and no-nonsense fashion. It serves as a great guide for first-time parents whose children are entering kindergarten or for families from other countries who are transferring to the American school system.

In particular, the literacy and reading chapter provided a comprehensive reading list of books (based on age and types of books), which is very worth having at hand for a valuable reference.

There are several other chapters that are written very well. The Homework chapter is excellent, with tips on how to help children form a good routine doing homework. The text box with Homework Resources is another valuable reference for families. The Special Education chapter is also very well written and does a good introduction on families whose children have special needs.

The only complaint I can think of is that the book is much too short to cover each topic in great detail. It would probably be more helpful if the authors, at the end of each chapter, provided a "Further Reading" list, so that interested parents can find more resources to obtain detailed information on a particular subject (e.g., math, or special education, etc.).

Overall, this is a really valuable book for parents to understand how elementary school works, and is one of the very few books out there that does a good job covering this subject. Very worth reading and having.

Jan 12, 2011
  • Layla rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terrific book for newcomers to Canada whose children are attending elementary school. The book helps parents/caregivers understand how elementary schools "work". Great tips and advice on how to help a child who is new to the Canadian school system. Chapter 6 highlights the importance of reading and libraries!


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