It’s hard to believe that another school year is just around the corner. If you have a child starting kindergarten, you may be going through a mix of emotions right now. After all, this is a big milestone! Your little one is growing up and venturing out into the world.
You might be feeling excited about your child and eager to see all the progress they will make in kindergarten. But maybe you’re also a little apprehensive about sending your child off to school. It’s only natural that you want to make sure your child is in good hands.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to ease your anxiety – for example, by meeting with your child’s teacher beforehand. With that, here are some questions you can ask your child’s kindergarten teacher.
61 Questions you can ask your child’s kindergarten teacher:
- What is the average class size?
- What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
- How will you handle discipline issues?
- What are your expectations for academic growth?
- What kind of homework can parents expect?
- What curriculum will you be using?
- Can you provide me with a list of supplies my child will need?
- How often will parents receive progress reports?
- How often do you communicate with parents?
- How can I best support my child at home?
- When and how should I contact you if I have concerns about my child’s progress?
- Does the teacher have experience teaching students with special needs?
- If my child has special needs, how will you accommodate them in the classroom?
- Do you have any themes or special events planned for the year?
- What are your ideas for engaging parents in the classroom?
- Will there be any field trips or other off-campus activities planned?
- Is there anything else I should know about your classroom or teaching philosophy?
- How long has the teacher been teaching?
- What is the teacher’s educational background?
- What are the teacher’s qualifications?
- What teaching methods does the teacher use?
- How does the teacher deal with disruptive students?
- What if my child has difficulty keeping up with the class?
- What are the teacher’s expectations for parental involvement?
- What happens if my child has a bad day at school?
- What are the school’s policies on bullying and harassment?
- Will my child be ready for first grade after attending this kindergarten class?
- What do you feel are your strengths in teaching kindergarten students?
- How do you get to know each student and their individual needs?
- How do you handle conflict resolution between students?
- What does a typical day look like in your classroom?
- How do you integrate technology into your lesson plans?
- Do the students have regular opportunities for outdoor time/recess?
- How do you ensure that each student has a positive and successful experience in your classroom?
- Do you collaborate with other teachers or specialists (i.e., librarian, music teacher, art teacher) to enhance the students’ learning experiences? If so, can you share an example of how this has benefited the students this year?
- What kind of feedback do you provide students with after they complete an assignment or project? For example, do they receive verbal feedback only, written feedback only, or a combination of both?
- Do the students have regular opportunities to share their work with their classmates and/or parents (i.e., through presentations, open houses)? If so, can you tell me more about how this benefits the students?
- Can you share an example of a problem-solving activity or project that the students worked on this year?
- How do you plan to teach academics? Will there be a lot of group work, independent work, or a mix of both?
- What are your school hours? When do classes start and end each day?
- Will my child have any opportunities to learn about leadership or take on leadership roles in the classroom or school community?
- What kinds of enrichment activities do you offer? Are there any extra-curricular clubs or sports teams my child can join?
- How often will my child have PE or music class? And will he or she have any opportunities to perform in front of an audience throughout the year?
- How do you communicate with parents? Do you send home a weekly newsletter, post updates on a classroom blog, or hold parent-teacher conferences throughout the year?
- Are there any special days or events I should know about (e.g., holidays, pajama days, hat days)?
- What should I do if my child is having trouble making friends or adjusting to kindergarten life? Who should I contact if I have concerns about my child’s adjustment period?
- What should I pack in my child’s lunch each day (e.g., snacks, drinks)? Is there a school lunch option available, and how much does it cost per day/per month/per semester/per year?
- What is the teacher’s teaching style?
- What are the school’s safety procedures?
- What are the school’s emergency procedures?
- How do you teach reading and writing?
- How do you teach math?
- What other subjects do you cover in your curriculum?
- How do you assess student progress?
- What are your policies for dealing with absences and tardiness?
- How much time is spent on academics each day?
- How much time is spent on a play each day?
- Does the school have a nurse on staff?
- Does the school have a counselor on staff?
- Does the school offer before and after-school care?
- Does the school offer transportation to and from school?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you interact with your child’s teacher?
As a parent, it is important to be involved in your child’s education. This means being an active participant in the classroom by attending events, volunteering, and communicating with the teacher.
It is also important to know what is going on in the classroom and ask questions. Teachers appreciate it when parents get involved and take an interest in their child’s education.
How do you ask a teacher about a child’s behavior?
If you need help with a problematic behavior your child is exhibiting in class, don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for help. Many teachers are happy to advise you on how to handle the situation.
However, you should keep in mind that they are not therapists and may not be able to offer a solution that gets to the root of the problem. If your child’s disruptive behavior is causing him or her great distress, you should seek help from a therapist or counselor.
These are just a few of the many questions you can ask your child’s kindergarten teacher before school starts. By taking the time to meet with the teacher and asking him or her some questions, you can ease your anxiety about starting school. It will also give you a chance to get to know the teacher and find out more about their classroom and teaching style.
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