Report Card Time Tips for Parents

Amelia Baldwin prepares for her next SAT student at Huntington Learning Center.

It’s the end of the school year and report-card time. That end-of-year report card is a valuable tool to identify challenging subjects and undeveloped skills, according to Ofra Weinberg, Director of Huntington Learning Center, Encino. “Don’t harp on the poor grades, but use this summer to build skills and catch up.”

Talk with your child about his or her report card. Ask and listen: What subjects does he or she like? Why? What subjects cause stress? Let your child know that your main concern is his or her well-being and happiness.

Talk with your child’s teacher. Meet with your child’s teacher before school’s out for his or her insight. What areas are of most concern? What should your child work on most this summer?

Address organization skills. Many children have trouble with timing and organization. This too leads to poor grades. Does your child keep a clutter-free desk and a neat backpack? How is he or she at keeping track of to-dos? Is disorganization a cause of his or her academic difficulties?

Set goals together. Talk with your child about what he or she would like to change and how to do so, step by step. Develop a realistic plan. Talk with your child about how he or she feels about school now, and how he or she would like to feel. Most importantly, let your child know you are there to help him or her each step of the way.

For more information about Huntington Learning Center, contact Ofra Weinberg, Huntington Learning Center of Encino at (818) 907-5557.