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Conference Tips: Building Independence at Home

As you are planning for conferences, consider sharing suggestions of ways parents or guardians can help build independence at home. Providing children chores and task teaches responsibility, teamwork, dedication, and builds confidence. But where do parents start? Keep reading to learn more conference tips and grab a FREE printable to share.

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Conference Tips:

Conferences are an opportunity to build connections with families and share ideas to support students’ growth. Here are some tips:

  • Always start with a positive
  • Have student work ready to share
  • Explain any data (most parents have not seen it before)
  • Share areas of growth as a goal with steps that are being taken in the classroom and ways parents can help at home
  • Leave time for questions
  • Use a self-reflection form such as this FREE printable from Simply Kinder

More Conference Tips for Kindergarten:

Share that students have roles and responsibilities in the classroom to build confidence and teamwork. Parents need to know that students need to keep track of their materials, keep desks tidy, clean up after themselves, etc in the classroom.

Share that giving students tasks at home can also build independence! 5-6-year-olds are so capable to help out at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Make bed
  • Help take care of pets
  • Set the table
  • Clean up toys
  • Pack backpack
  • and so many more!

Let parents think of some other things their child can do at home to build independence.

Free Printable

Use this free printable to send home with parents during conferences or all year-long to build independence and confidence. Includes a list of ideas and space to write your own ideas. Let students help think of ideas too!

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Conference Tips for Kindergarten

This post was written by Kate. A certified masters teacher that loves all things literacy and kindergarten!

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