Parent Guide to the Curriculum

The Learning Community at Broadalbin-Perth is an important part of our elementary school system and our community. Students who participate within each grade level at The Learning Community will receive the necessary preparation to be successful in school. Our goal is to instill in our students a strong sense of Patriot Pride at this young and impressionable age. This pride emerges from developing a positive work ethic, persevering in learning activities, and showing respect toward themselves and one another. As we “strive for excellence,” these skills will help students become lifelong learners.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you an overview of what your child will learn by the end of pre-kindergarten.  This guide gives you the necessary tools and strategies to help your child meet his or her learning goals.

How can you help your child succeed?

You play a very important role in your child’s academic performance. Here are some things you can do to support your child’s learning:

  • Let your child know that education is the foundation for success.
  • Know what your child is expected to learn this school year.
  • Help your child set high short-term and long-term academic goals.
  • Provide a designated time and location to read to your child every night.
  • Talk to your child about what is happening in school and constantly monitor progress.
  • Advocate for your child.
  • Share your child’s strengths with your child and your child’s teacher.

Questions to ask your child’s teacher

When speaking with your child’s teacher about academic progress, here are a few questions you may want to consider asking:

  • What are the learning goals? Can you show me examples of student work that meets the learning goals?
  • May I see an example of my child’s work? How does it or doesn’t it meet these learning goals?
  • Is my child at or above grade level? What extra support is available? What can I do at home?
  • What classroom routines do you have that should also be used at home?
  • What kinds of questions could I ask my child on a daily basis about your class?

Talking to your child

Good conversations help our children see that we are interested in their lives. Here are a few conversation starters you may want to consider using:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.
  • What was the nicest thing you did for someone today?
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Can you show me something you learned today?
  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they’re fair?
  • What or who did you see today?
  • What did you hear at school today?