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Meet the Teacher

How to Help Your Child Navigate Elementary School

by Betty Borowski & Laura Mayne, illustrated by Scot Ritchie

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list price: $19.95
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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781554076604
publisher: Firefly Books
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Two veteran teachers guide parents through the challenging waters of a child's elementary school years.

Parents want their child to succeed in school. This book helps them promote smooth sailing for their child through all those important early school years, encouraging them to communicate with teachers early and regularly. The authors, two teachers who are also mothers, share ways to establish positive parent-teacher relationships and provide an insider's understanding of how schools actually work. Here is outstanding practical advice that parents need to help their child thrive in school.

Tips for parents cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Establishing a positive relationship with teachers and the school
  • Managing homework
  • Interpreting report cards
  • Suggestions for successful parent-teacher interviews
  • Addressing conflict
  • How to prepare young children to enter school
  • Early reading and writing development
  • Effective home-school communication
  • Improving their child's study skills
  • Tips for parents who need to help their child deal with peer pressure and bullying

Special chapters include information on the different ways children learn, legal and medical matters and special education concerns. There are also fun and educational activity pages for family-oriented activities that support school curriculum topics.

Borowski and Mayne have extensive experience sitting on both sides of the parent-teacher conference table, and they offer valuable insights from both perspectives.

 

About the Authors

Betty Borowski

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Laura Mayne

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Scot Ritchie has illustrated over sixty books and written/illustrated another fifteen, including the Exploring Our Community series (Kids Can Press) and Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here (Maple Tree Press/OwlKids, 2009), which was the TD Grade One Book Giveaway winner. He is an ongoing contributor to Bark! and Write magazines, and has drawn numerous covers and editorial illustrations for everything from the Wall St. Journal to Maclean’s. He lives in Vancouver, BC—and still visits Camosun Bog.

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Contributor Notes

Betty Borowski and Laura Mayne have a combined total of 57 years teaching in every grade of elementary school. They have served on school and board committees, been active in parent-teacher associations and have successfully navigated 1,500 parent-teacher conferences. Scot Ritchie is an award-winning artist who has illustrated 30 books, including Great Teacher Projects by Laura Mayne.

 

Editorial Reviews

This is an awesome book for parents with children entering school or who have been in it a few years but have questions.

— SMS Book Reviews

Meet the Teacher is full of practical advice. In the chapter on reading, there are lists of recommended books categorized by type.... In the chapter on special education, you will find a feature box on the terminology used in special education and a section on steps in the special education identification process. The chapter on report cards and parent-teacher conferences includes a section on how teachers assess students and how to interpret the report card. Because of the subheadings and feature boxes, it is very easy to hone in on the information you are most interested in. The book is written in a no-nonsense style that will make parents feel comfortable and well-informed. Included in the back of the book is a list of recommended reading and web resources if parents would like more in-depth information than what is offered here. Highly recommended.

— Canadian Materials

Meet the Teacher offers valuable insights to guide parents through their child's elementary school years. Two veteran teachers who are also mothers share ways to establish positive parent-teacher relationships and provide an insider's understanding of how schools actually work.

— North Bay Nugget

Find answers to questions such as "How do I handle parent-teacher conferences?" and "How can I establish a good relationship with my child's teacher?" plus much more in this book written by two veteran teachers and mothers. The book covers a wide array of topics, including homework and study skills, how to incorporate math into everyday life, and coping with peer pressure and bullying. First-time parents will find this guide a lifesaver during the first few years of school.

— Atlanta Parent

A must-read book for first-generation Canadians and newcomers helping their children prepare for their first Canadian school season

— Canadian Newcomer

When I first saw the American spelling in Meet the Teacher, I wondered seriously who the audience was. How can there be a book about navigating the school systems when the American and Canadian systems are so different? But Betty Borowski and Laura Mayne have achieved the seemingly impossible: they have written a book that rings true for the experience of parents across both nations. Borowski and Mayne are neither too general nor too specific to be useful to parents wherever they are.... The most salient of messages, though, is one that pervades the text: the involved, caring parent is the most powerful agent in ensuring in a good educational experience for the child.

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