Preparing for a New School Year
As we prepare for the new school year, I like to recommend that parents help their child develop an “all about me“ type of informational sheet to give to his or her general education teachers and any new related service providers. This is a great way to begin to teach your child about his or her unique educational needs, as well as give them a way to connect with the people who will be working with them throughout the school year.
In addition to being a benefit to your child, this sheet would benefit your child’s teacher(s). While I was teaching, I noticed that the general education teachers were inundated with paperwork during those first couple weeks of school. Most of the time they meant well and probably did read the IEP‘s they were given to read, but especially as children get older, general education teachers can have dozens of students with IEP‘s coming in and out of their various classes throughout the day. A sheet like this is memorable, easy to reference, and shows the teacher that you, the parent, take your child’s education seriously.
If you are interested in making an informational sheet like this, there really is no right or wrong way! You can make something on the computer, you can make something by hand with crayons or markers, or you can even use pictures from magazines to make a collage. You can include any information on the page that you’d like. I have had clients include photos of family and pets, work samples from previous years, parent contact information, and more! The important thing is that you and your child make something that your child can be proud of. This type of sheet is a great way to help everyone start the year off on the right foot. If you have any questions about what to include on your child’s sheet, reach out today!
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