Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bridging the gap between grades 3 and 4

Over the years it has become apparent that the transition from grade 3 to grade 4 has become more difficult for learners, who need all the help they can get to make the adjustment easier. Why is this?

The main reason is the lack of communication between teachers and parents. In most cases teachers are restricted to handling the curriculum and their class, while too many parents mistakenly believe that their responsibility is limited to 'providing' at home - food, accommodation, and so on, including simply paying for education. To ensure a child's overall education, it is vital that parents and teachers put in equal efforts.

Traditionally, parents and teachers interact only once or twice a year when report cards and bad marks are discussed, instead of the different aspects of the learning journey and how children are constantly adapting.

Thus parents generally remain very ill-informed about their child's progress  - and 'in the dark' about how the school assists learners in all ways. As a result, it is the children who suffer.

Parents and teachers are equally important in a child's education, which is why they have to work together to achieve a common goal. There has to be continual communication between them so that parents are informed and are then able to supplement and enhance activities initiated by the school.

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