No one knows your child like you do. As their parent, you likely have plenty of insight as to what their strengths and weaknesses are. We recently talked about two things you can help your child do to ensure they start the year off on the right foot.
But the best thing YOU can do, for yourself, your child and for their teacher, is to come up with a definitive list of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Having a defined list will help you and your child set their goals for this school year. In order to set a goal, you both will need a clear idea of what they need to improve.
On the other hand, coming up with a list of your child’s strengths and weaknesses will save your child’s teacher from a lot of guesswork in the beginning of the school year, when they aren’t as familiar with your child. The better the teacher knows your child, the more effective instruction will be. If your child’s teacher already has a pretty good idea of what your child needs, your child will benefit greatly.
Not sure where to begin with the list? Here is a list of potential strengths and weaknesses to help you get started.
Using words to express ideas
Talking to people
Participating in discussions
Changing tone of voice when telling a story or asking a question
Grammar (age appropriate)
Learning new words
Learning words to songs
Listening to stories
Answering “who” “what” “when” “where” “why” and “how” questions
Understanding jokes, puns, and sarcasm
Rhyming and other tasks that involve understanding the sounds in words
Reading (or being read to if your child is young)
Seeks things to read
Sounding out unfamiliar words
Sight word reading
Following written directions
Remembering details and stories
Being able to return to reading after being interrupted
Reading with expression
Figuring out what new words mean by looking at context or asking questions
Making connections between reading material and personal experiences
Understanding and setting goals
Working memory (keeping info in their mind long enough to use it)
Organization (thoughts and physical items)
Following rules and routines
Keeping track of time and schedule
Making decisions or choices
Asking for help
Working with people one-on-one
Working in groups
Math and Logic
Solving puzzles or word problems
Taking things apart and figuring out how they work
Being a good conversation partner
Asking for help
Coping with frustration
Resisting peer pressure
Redirecting away from negative situations
Doesn’t argue with adults
Sense of Humor
Other Potential Strengths
Drawing and Doodling
Dancing, acting, singing, playing instruments
If you’re looking for more tips for boosting your child’s confidence this school year, keep scrolling for our list of 9 Simple Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Confidence!