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How to Write an Introduction Letter to Your Child's Teacher

by Kathryn Hatter

Whether your child is starting a new school year, transferring to a new school, or just getting a new teacher in his current grade, writing an introductory letter to the new teacher can help ease your child's anticipation and anxiety about the experience. An introductory letter also provides the teacher with information about your child that can help her get to know and understand him better so they can work together for a positive learning experience.

Address the letter directly to the teacher, using her last name. For example, “Dear Ms. Happley” is appropriate.

Open the letter with the first paragraph introducing your child by name and telling the teacher that you are eager or excited to begin the new educational relationship between the teacher and your child, advises the EduGuide website.

Provide an overview about your child in the body of the letter. Include her specific strengths, interests, likes, dislikes and even potential challenges for the teacher. For example, if you child is shy, or doesn't like to speak up in class, you should let the teacher know. If your child has a learning style that is unusual or noteworthy, explain it to the teacher, suggests the GreatSchools website. For instance, if your child has a difficult time concentrating when it comes to long explanations, you might note that she does better with hands-on activities. If you have specific suggestions and ideas that would help the teacher interact more positively and manage your child more effectively, provide these details as well.

Add information about health issues or special family situations that the teacher should know like an illness or divorce. If behavior issues, such as tantrums, stem from health or family issues, you might mention this situation as well.

Close the letter with an expression of your interest and willingness to stay involved in your child’s education. Offer your assistance and support as a parent helper, if applicable. Tell the teacher that you hope the information in your letter makes it easier for the teacher to get to know your child. Ask the teacher not to hesitate to contact you with any ideas, concerns, thoughts and feedback.

Sign the letter at the bottom of the page. Add your contact information – telephone number and email address – below your signature to enable the teacher to contact you about your child.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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