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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Building a Good Relationship with Your Child's Teachers

A teacher plays an important role in your child's life. Your son or daughter will spend each day with their teacher in the classroom, which can have an incredible impact on their enjoyment of school. For this reason it is extremely important for parents to get to know their child’s teacher and build a good relationship together.

Good communication with your child's teacher is essential to your son or daughter’s academic success. The more information parents and teachers share with each other, the more your child will benefit. Here is some great advice from St Hilda’s School in Hertfordshire, on how to build a good relationship with your child’s teacher…

As parents we want our children to make the most of their education and succeed at school. In order for this to happen it is essential to have regular contact with their teacher. ‘Parent Evenings’ are an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can find out more about the subjects being taught in the classroom, and teachers can give advice on how to support learning at home. These events are crucial to your child’s development and should not be missed. Use this valuable time with your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s school work or behaviour.

It is also important to keep your child's teacher informed about any changes at home. This information will help the teacher to understand any changes in your child's classroom behaviour and allow them to support your child effectively.

If you do need to discuss something personal, such as changes at home, then it is important to find a suitable time to speak to your child’s teacher. Parents often try to speak to teachers in the morning, when they drop their child into class. However, this isn’t always the best time for teachers. They will be busy checking that all of the children have arrived safely and they will need to get organised for the day ahead. Instead, it is best to wait until the end of the day, when all of the children have left; or arrange an appointment with the school office.

It is important for parents to remember that a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Parents can establish a good relationship with a teacher by providing positive feedback. If your child has enjoyed a particular lesson, be sure to let their teacher know. This will show them just how much their hard work is appreciated.

Lastly, it is important to keep a good attendance and punctuality record. This is not only a great life-skill for your child, but it can also help to build a good relationship with the teacher. This is because good attendance shows that both you and your child value their education.

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