By now, you should’ve received your child’s first semester report card. Many parents were happy with the results, while others were surprised. Although the school year’s half over, it’s not too late to help your child get better grades.
I’m sure you’re expecting me to recommend a tutor, spending more time in the classroom, or a conference with the teacher. However, that’s not my recommendation, although it wouldn’t hurt. What I’m suggesting, actually begins in August, is revised at the end of the first semester and reviewed at the end of the school year. However, it’s not too late. I recommend that you begin mapping your child’s academic career, regardless of the grade level. A famous writer once suggested beginning with the end in mind. School mapping is very similar. When you map your child’s school career, you develop a plan, follow the steps, and expect to achieve certain goals.
The following are a few suggestions from Ten Steps to Mapping Your Child’s Education.
Step One: Determine What Your Child Wants to be When He Grows Up Ask questions and pay attention to the answer.
Step Two: Do the Research
Research what’s required for your child to reach his career choice. Note the levels of education required, and the prerequisites for each level.
Step Three: Map the Program (Set goals and objectives.) I’m sure that you’re familiar with the saying, If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do. Well, let’s rephrase this. Even if you know where you’re going, if you don’t pave and follow the road, you’ll never get there. You must set goals and write the plan down.
Step Four: Review and Revise If you don’t follow step three and map the program you’ll have nothing to review or revise. You’ll have nothing to follow. You must periodically go back to the plan and make necessary changes.
Step Five: Take Your Time!
If you don’t want to be surprised by your child’s report card, you need to map the results that you want. Mr. T used to say, I just love when a plan comes together. What better plan to come together than your child’s future. It’s not too late to plan for the last day of school. Just begin with the end in mind.